A 30-year-old Bed-Stuy man sustained head trauma when he fell from his third-floor balcony during a 4th of July party Tuesday evening, according to the NYPD and media reports.
Police responded to 81 Hart Street near Marcy Avenue at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, a spokesman said. There, they discovered the 30-year-old victim in critical condition with head trauma. A preliminary investigation revealed that the man had been inside his apartment "with several others who were intoxicated" when he fell from the third floor balcony, according to the spokesman.
No criminality is suspected, according to the NYPD. The victim was transported to Kings County Hospital.
The Daily News identified the victim as Shea Girdley, an iron worker originally from Missouri. On Facebook, there is a Shea Girdley who describes himself as a "country boy construction worker currently in New York."
Girdley moved to Brooklyn with six friends, according to the tabloid.
"Last night I talked to Shea about his drinking, he won't listen," roommate Shane Simmons told the Daily News. "He was drinking vodka at 8:00 a.m. I told him to get off that ledge. It's about a foot wide."
"Don't get me wrong, he's a good kid, one hell of a worker, just troubled," Simmons added.
The NYPD could not immediately confirm if Girdley was intoxicated when he fell.
[Update 7/6]: Girdley's condition had improved Wednesday, according to friend and roommate Justin Casillas, 22.
Casillas also denied that there was a party going on when his friend fell. According to Casillas, he was playing video games inside when the incident occurred. Another roommate was in his bedroom, and Girdley was "on the balcony listening to music." Casillas said that he did not drink alcohol that day, and that a few of the roommates had a "few drinks six or seven hours before it happened."
"He had been drinking," Casillas, who did not witness the fall, said of Girdley. "As far as how much, me personally I am not sure."
Casillas said that he grew up with Girdley, who has worked for his father, Shane, for a decade. "Shea comes from a great family. He's a great guy," Casillas said. "But he has been through quite a bit."