Man Shoots and Kills Himself at Universal Studios

Man Shoots and Kills Himself Universal
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Update:

One man is dead after fatally shooting himself at the Universal Studios theme park on Friday.

On Saturday, the Los Angeles County coroner’s office identified the individual as Andrew Thomas Jones, a 38-year-old resident of Fullerton, CBS reports.

A spokesman for the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department said that law enforcement officials responded to a call around 2:24 p.m. of a possible suicide at 3900 Lankershim Boulevard.

The incident took place in a designated smoking area near the Despicable Me ride.

A Universal Studios spokesperson said that the park remains open.

“The L.A. County Sheriff’s Department has confirmed there was a possible suicide on our property. We are working closely with law enforcement and corporate security on this ongoing investigation. The safety and security of our guests and employees are always of the utmost importance,” the spokesperson said.

According to Lt. Eddie Hernandez of the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department, a deputy recognized the man because he had a restraining order against him, but had continued to visit the theme park, where his ex-girlfriend works, in recent weeks.

“This individual stood up, turned around, retrieved a handgun from his back pocket or somewhere in his back area,” Hernandez told CBS.

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  2. Petra says:

    Almost anyone could be driven to suicidal thoughts by those annoying “Minions”, poor guy.

  3. Gru says:

    I’d ask what the Minions were up to at the time.

  4. cadavra says:

    Not exactly the most appropriate photo, regardless of where it occurred.

  5. siwel gold says:

    how did a man get a weapon past park security. This doesn’t bode well for Universal Studios and safety.

    • Diana says:

      I read that there are several entry points into the park.

      • Anonymous says:

        And I forgot to mention. He could’ve easily just had the gun on him. There are NO METAL DETECTORS and you are NOT patted down as you enter. So he could have just easily had it in his pants and walked right on in. The security at Universal is ridiculous.

      • Anonymous says:

        I was there today. For guests, there is only ONE way into the park and that’s through the main entrance. There are people who check bags as you enter, but they don’t do thorough searches — it’s a quick peek with the use of a small “stick” tool to move stuff around in the bags a bit. Honestly, it wouldn’t be too hard to sneak things past the entrance employees.

        Universal did a good job at maintaining everything in order. The park stayed open and everything went on as if nothing had happened. This was the right move on Universal’s part. They assessed that there wasn’t any threat to the guests — it being a suicide — and everyone went on enjoying their day. Heck, I didn’t find out about this until tonight when a retweet showed up in my feed.

    • Lisa says:

      That’s a very good point. Perhaps he worked there.

  6. Eric in Hollywood says:

    David Kahane?

  7. Mr. Hollywood says:

    Appropriate place to off oneself: the “Despicable Me” ride!

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