Suicide in the Ridge

A Bay Ridge man shot himself in the head after a heated argument with his son on May 18.

The 63-year-old man and his son had a screaming match in his 71st Street apartment near Third Avenue at 7 pm, according to police.

After the fiery exchange, the senior pulled out a gun and said, “You want to get rid of me? Ok,” and shot himself in the right temple, according to a community affairs officer with the 68th Precinct.

Friends and neighbors embraced the man’s distraught son outside the victim’s home, an eyewitness said.

Police later discovered a note in the man’s apartment, suggesting that the Bay Ridgite had been contemplating suicide for some time, according to a police spokesman.

If someone you know exhibits warning signs of suicide, do not leave the person alone; remove any firearms, alcohol, drugs, or sharp objects that could be used in a suicide attempt; call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273–8255; and take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional.

Reach reporter Caroline Spivack at cspivack@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–2523. Follow her on Twitter @carolinespivack.