A man fatally shot himself in his vehicle outside City Hall Monday morning, officials said.
The man shot himself outside the east gate of City Hall on Park Row around 7:30 a.m. Monday. His identity has not yet been released, and police believe it was an isolated incident. (Twitter/@NYPDNews)

A man fatally shot himself in his vehicle outside City Hall Monday morning, officials said.

 

The unidentified man drove up to the east gate of City Hall on Park Row around 7:30 a.m. in a black Nissan Altima and suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound near one of the security checkpoints to enter City Hall, the NYPD said in a tweet.

 

According to the New York Daily News, the entrance where the shooting occured is the one Mayor Bill de Blasio uses to enter City Hall, but the mayor was traveling to Albany at the time of the incident, a spokesperson told the paper. 

 

"This is believed to be an isolated incident. Information is preliminary, more to follow when available," police said. 

 

The man was pronounced dead at the scene. Police initially reported that he had exited his vehicle before shooting himself, but clarified the man did not actually leave the car in a later tweet. 

During their investigation, police restricted southbound traffic on Centre Street from Chambers Street to Park Row, as well as on Park Row from Spruce Street to Broadway. Manhattan-bound traffic on the Brooklyn Bridge was also briefly suspended as well.

All road closures ended just after 9 a.m., and residual delays re expected.

Pending family notification, the man’s identity has not yet been released, but the Daily News reported he is a 61-year-old Pennsylvania resident who allegedly wrote a suicide note on Facebook. 

In the note, the man blamed de Blasio, former Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Gov. Andrew Cuomo for his financial struggles as a for-hire driver competing against taxis and other livery vehicles.

“I have no more health insurance and am not enjoying good health,” he wrote according to the New York Post. “No more vehicle as my GM engine failed twice this year as well as the transmission. No more income to pay bills and maxed-out credit cards I cannot pay. I will lose my house and everything else. I see no point to continue trying.”

This is a developing story. Metro will update as details emerge.