A person apparently associated with Pratt Institute in Brooklyn killed himself with a shotgun Monday afternoon after being found by friends and police.
Residents of the neighborhood said several people arrived at the apartment at 125 Willoughby Avenue at about 1 p.m. and attempted to break in through the front door. Police from the 88th Precinct arrived and were able to gain entry and found the man in the rear of the apartment. Police say he was dead at the scene and confirmed that he took his own life.
Security officers from Pratt Institute arrived at the scene and comforted a group of people gathered on the steps of the brownstone apartment, where they were mourning the loss. It was unclear by press time what connection the person may have had to the school. However, a Pratt Institute administrator says they did not believe the victim was a student at this time.
Information on the incident was still unclear and detectives were in and out of the apartment looking for anything out of the ordinary.
Pratt Institute’s website says anyone who is feeling suicidal can get help by contacting Pratt Counseling Services at 718.399.4542 or by stopping by the office in Willoughby Hall, Suite 117; no appointment is necessary and will be attended to immediately. If closed, please call 911 or Campus Security at 718.636.3540. For Pratt students living in an on-campus residence hall, the Resident Assistant (RA) or Resident Director (RD) on duty may also provide assistance during an emergency.
In another incident at almost the same hour, a 19-year-old woman jumped in front of a D train at 145th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue in Manhattan. Police officials say a number of witnesses saw the teen jump in front of the moving train as it entered the station.