Phillip Perea ID’d as ex-Fox News Employee Who Shot Himself Outside NewsCorp Building

January 26, 2015 Updated: July 18, 2015

Phillip Perea was identified as the former Fox News employee who killed himself outside of the News Corporation building in New York City, according to reports on Monday.

Perea worked at a Fox station in Texas. He shot and killed himself before 9 a.m. Monday, reported the Wall Street Journal.

Specifically, the incident took place at 1211 Avenue of the Americas, which houses 21st Century Fox and News Corporation, its owner.

Before the shooting, Perea had handed out fliers that criticized Fox News for “ending my career,” officials told the paper.

A suicide note and gun were found at the scene.

Per the New York Daily News:

A man in his 40s shot himself to death outside of the News Corp. building in Midtown Monday morning, police sources said.

A suicide note and a gun were found with the body of Phillip Perea, who suffered one bullet wound to the chest, the sources said.

Emergency responders were called to 1211 Sixth Ave. near Rockefeller Center just before 9 a.m., an FDNY spokesman said.

Also, per The Associated Press:

Police say a man has apparently shot himself to death outside the News Corp. building in midtown Manhattan.

The 41-year-old man died after the shooting at about 9 a.m. Monday.

Authorities aren’t certain what prompted the shooting, which occurred outside the building that housesFox News, the New York Post and The Wall Street Journal. The media conglomerate News Corp. is controlled by Rupert Murdoch.

It’s not clear if the man had any ties to News Corp. or if he was just standing outside the building.

A weapon was recovered at the scene, and no one else was injured.

Traffic was snarled in Midtown as police investigated.