Police are currently swarming the northern section of Central Park in search of a missing man who may have gone to the park to commit suicide.
An NYPD spokesman says they received a call about the man around 9:45 a.m. this morning. The man is possibly armed with a gun with the intention of committing suicide. He was last spotted at Lenox Avenue and 110th Street, near the East 110th Street Playground.
Cops describe the suspect as a black man in his 20s. There is no other information available right now; we'll update as soon as we know more.
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.
[UPDATE 1:30]: There have been no sightings of the alleged gunman since this morning and the investigation is ongoing, according to the NYPD. A spokeswoman for the NYPD told us that the suspect "may have been in any park in Manhattan" and that their search is not "Central Park-specific." She declined our request to name other city parks currently being searched.
Additional reporting by Emma Whitford.
[Update: 4:20 p.m.] Cops now say that the man has been found somewhere near Rockaway Beach. He was taken to a local hospital for evaluation, and no other details are known at this time.