January 26, 2015
A spokesperson for NYPD told TPM in an email that the man had died.
“An unidentified male sustained a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his chest and was transported to Bellevue Hospital where he was pronounced dead,” the spokesperson said. Police said the man had shot himself in the chest outside of 1211 Avenue of the Americas shortly after 9 a.m.
In a memo to staff on Monday, Fox Television Stations CEO Jack Abernethy confirmed that the man was a former employee of Fox affiliate KTBC, the Huffinton Post reported.
“This morning, a former employee at FOX 7-KTBC (Austin) committed suicide outside FOX Television Stations’ (FTS) headquarters in New York City,” the memo read. “He was employed at our Austin television station for ten months and has not been with the station or FTS since June 2014. We are deeply saddened by this tragedy.”
The Wall Street Journal reported that the man’s name was Phillip Perea, 41, of Irving, Texas.
Perea had been handing out fliers, which said News Corp. “ended my career,” moments before he killed himself, according to the Journal. Perea also tweeted complaints about his employer an hour before the shooting, listing his grievances in a YouTube video, the paper reported.
Police reportedly found a suicide note and a gun at the scene.
News Corp and the Fox affiliate KTBC did not immediately respond to TPM’s request for comment.
The Austin Chronicle reported last year that Perea, then a promotion producer, was fired and subsquently gave the newspaper recordings of conversations with his superiors.
A Twitter account that appeared to belong to Perea included messages criticizing Fox using the hashtag #theAmericanWorkplaceBully. The account sent tweets directly to several Fox anchorsand contributors. One tweet posted on Thursday showed a photo of a wallet and said “this is all the money I have left to my name, $104”
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