An unidentified 19-year-old jumped to his death from the east tower of the Brooklyn Bridge this morning. An FDNY spokesman says the teen jumped at approximately 8:05 a.m. and landed on the Brooklyn-bound side of the bridge roadway. The individual was on top of the tower for approximately 45 minutes before ending his life; during that time traffic was halted on the bridge as the NYPD's Emergency Services Unit and other personnel scrambled to get to him.
The bridge has now reopened to traffic. We'll update if more information becomes available.
Update: 9:19 a.m.: An NYPD spokesman could only tell us that the young man was Asian, but a police source tells the Post that the teen landed in the rear of the River Cafe in DUMBO.
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