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Man Shoots and Kills Himself at Universal Studios

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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