A 30-year-old man was rushed to the hospital last night after he shot himself in the chest near the Lasker Ice Skating Rink at East Drive and 106th Street in Central Park, police said. The unidentified man was found with a gunshot wound at roughly 8 p.m. Tuesday, reportedly after two joggers heard a gunshot and then ran to find the man on the ground.
Police sources told the Daily News they believe the man shot himself in the nearby woods before staggering toward East Drive and collapsing on the curb. A handgun was found roughly 50 feet away from where the man had fallen, police confirmed.
According to an NYPD spokesperson, the man was treated at St. Luke's Hospital and is listed in critical condition but expected to survive. A police spokesperson also confirmed the man's friends and family had alerted law enforcement to his suicidal statements in recent days. According to the Post, officers are still searching for the man's car, which has Tennessee plates.
If someone you know exhibits warning signs of suicide: do not leave the person alone; remove any firearms, alcohol, drugs or sharp objects that could be used in a suicide attempt; and call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional.