As horrified shoppers, diners and moviegoers looked on, a man jumped to his death at The Grove on Sunday evening.
Weho Daily reported the incident live on Twitter immediately after it occurred at 7:30PM. Initial reports to LAPD said that gunfire may have broken out but soon it became clear that a man had jumped to his death from the parking structure.
The Los Angeles Fire Department reported that the man died in a “fall from approximately 6 story parking structure” but it was unclear what floor the man was on when he jumped. He landed at the main walkway to the parking structure, near the concierge desk and fountain.
“He took a running jump from the 7th story of the parking lot,” said Weho Daily reader Simona in our comment section. “He just backed up and started running.”
“While going to car on 6 floor I looked over before security stopped me,” Peter Sciretta told Weho Daily from the scene. “White sheet over body now half soaked with blood.”
“I can never go back to The Grove again,” said Allison Dufour. “Watched him fall.”
“I’m here but can’t see anything because of huge crowd,” Kathy Harmening Beall told us immediately following the incident, confirming that someone was indeed down by the concierge.
Reader Lucian Piane was near the scene and heard screams before police and Grove security began moving the crowd away from the area to secure the scene for an investigation.
Fire and rescue workers were on the scene within minutes, but witnesses reported them quickly loading an empty gurney back into their vehicle and leaving.
The man was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. Police were treating the incident as a suicide.
Police sources told the Los Angeles Times that the man was 27 years old and he was at the shopping center with friends.
Several reports from people at the scene praised staff at The Grove for their handling of the incident. Reports said that they raised the parking gates to allow cars to leave the parking structure quickly without payment or having to deal with parking tickets.
“Thank you to the valet guys who went upstairs to the fifth floor parking garage, found my car, and brought it to us,” said Weho Daily reader Angela (in our comments section below) after the valets saw that her niece was traumatized.
“We are so saddened by the young man’s death tonight,” The Grove said via their official Twitter account. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”
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