Man fatally shots self outside News Corp. building in New York

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Posted: Jan 26, 2015 1:22 PM

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A man shot and killed himself in an apparent suicide on Monday outside the News Corp. office building in midtown Manhattan, police said.

The 41-year-old, whose identity was not officially released, shot himself in the chest outside 1211 Sixth Avenue and was taken to Bellevue Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to the New York Police Department.

He carried a suicide note, police said.

The Wall Street Journal and other local media identified the man as Phillip Perea, a former employee of a Fox News television station in Austin, Texas. He had been handing out flyers criticizing Fox, which is owned by News Corp, and left messages on Twitter and a video on YouTube complaining about losing his job, the Journal and other news outlets reported.

A YouTube video apparently narrated by Perea said he was a promotions producer who had been fired due to what he called "managerial bullying and corporate complicity."

The shooting occurred shortly before 9 a.m., police said.

The incident came just a day after an apparent murder-suicide at a Home Depot store in Manhattan on Sunday afternoon. Both men in that shooting were store employees.

(Reporting by Ellen Wulfhorst)