Man, 60, Shoots Self at Forest Hills LIRR Stop

The incident is the second suicide at the station since the start of summer.

Police have confirmed that a 60-year-old man shot and killed himself in the Tuesday night. 

The victim, who has yet to be identified, entered the station and shot himself Tuesday evening, according to police. So far, investigators have not released information on where the body was found in the station.

The incident is the second time in less than five weeks that someone has committed suicide at the Forest Hills LIRR stop.

On May 29, The incident was also classified as a suicide by police.

Train service has been disrupted at the station and there is no information as to when it is likely to be restored.

Eneri July 04, 2012 at 02:51 AM
I'd like to know what the hell is going on in Forest Hills? Am I still living in Forest Hills? We all need to get together and assist the Police Department in Policing our Beautiful neighborhood, there is way too much going on, rapes, car thefts, burglaries, assults, a few months ago I talked about how the neighborhood has changed I got blasted by the people who seemed to be in denial. Now today, a second death both suicides. We need to do start a support group, for people who are depressed, and to ensure the safety of our neighborhood, come on people we worked our ass off to live here, it's not cheap lets not let our "HOME" go down like this lets fight back to keep it
Sam mastes July 04, 2012 at 04:53 AM
The neighborhood has gone down hill. The panhandlers are all over, the noise pollution is out of hand, and every store is closing down due to increased rents. Now this .... It's almost as though the community has been taken from its residents.
Eneri July 04, 2012 at 05:05 AM
i agree Sam and NO one is doing anything about perhaps WE can be the first to start, homeless people are working around here and are very aggressive to the residents, the cops can no longer be "lax'd" how can this keep happening, when the crime increases 34 percent in a month, you need to be notorious cops, they can no longer be so casual about this it's crazy and it's time they put some damn camera in the 75th and 67th Avenue stations had they been there the old blind lady would not have gotten robbed or rather they would have found the perps sooner
Eneri July 04, 2012 at 05:07 AM
what upsets me is the fact there with all the people living in forest hills we are the ONLY two talking about this had it been a headline of what's the new store coming in the new space or restuarant half of forest hills would be talking yet they all complain and allow whomever to come in, that's why they keep coming and doing it soon forest hills will be the next south jamaica
Marc Adler July 04, 2012 at 07:49 AM
The problem as far as stores closing isnt higher rent bills. Its the adopted policy of waging war against business by the Democrat Party that dominates NYC. Create an atmosphere that encourages business growth as opposed to government growth. In regards to crime the 112th pct has been sitting on their asses as drug usage increases amongst younger people, the Russian gangs are getting bigger and have no respect for the community, and we keep electing bad politicians like Andrew Hevesi who is no where to be found in the poorer parts of Forest Hills. Its time we look in the mirror and point the blame where it belongs. We vote for leaders who represent themselves and not the people. I am leaving this corrupt Democrat party for good! Marc A. Adler
Marc Adler July 04, 2012 at 07:55 AM
Also has anyone seen the increasing number of teenagers hanging out in the parking lot at Burger King and behind the Lost Batallion Hall? They smoke weed, K2 which is so dangerous and now they use a chemical called 2CI which is like acid but get this - the chemical is injected into gummy bears so it cant be spotted by law enforcement.
Linda E. July 04, 2012 at 10:36 AM
This neighborhood is poorly represented. These are the actions of desperate people who were clearly not supported by any available services. Also, there is serious discussion of reactivating the old railroad line that runs near the baseball fields near Yellowstone - and Koslowitz didn't bother to show up to a town hall meeting - shame, shame shame! That project will ruin the park and the quality of life in the surrounding area.
John July 04, 2012 at 12:13 PM
Unfortunately changing demographics lead to declining neighborhoods. Newer immigrant groups moving in are not assimilating. There is an obvious lack of civic pride as evidenced by litter on the street and historic home teardowns being replaced by gaudy mc mansions or mutiple family dwellings. The police don't give a damn as well. I called 911 on an early Sunday morning several weeks ago about an deranged individual at the Forest Hills LIRR train station harassing young females for money. 911 transferred me to EMS. Time to get Helen Marshall out of office. She is the most lack luster do nothing politician in the entire city government. What has she done to improve quality of life. We need a new borough president.
Anonymous July 04, 2012 at 01:27 PM
It all started when they allowed food vendors to park on Continental Avenue. The smell when you come out of the subway is horrendous and that area is filthy. Am surprised that rats aren't walking the streets. Also agree about the wild teenagers and "mobsters" increased population hanging out on the streets. My family and I have lived in the Gardens for a many years and we have seen the surrounding area deteriorate at a rapid pace. Certain "foreigners" have moved into the neighborhood and have no respect nor exhibit decency for the community.
Martin Oppenheim July 04, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Most of the restaurants around continental in Austin Street cater to people who do not live in the neighborhood we need to have more of the neighborhood Vibe in the establishments. Get rid of fast foods Johnny Rockets and Fridays
Brooke July 04, 2012 at 02:36 PM
I think the focus had been lost here. A man, obviously so desperate for help, killed himself. It's not about stores and police (that is a seperate issue that definitely needs to be looked at, but not here). What about making resources available to people like him? What about his family that is going to need all the help they can get? Finger pointing won't bring him back. Helping others cope with the difficulties they face will prevent another tragedy.
Eneri July 04, 2012 at 03:24 PM
@Brooke absolutely I agree, as I mentioned in my initial statement I asked for US as residents to form groups to help those that are depressed and contribute to our community. @ the ANONYMOUS, I'm glad I dont know who you are, I dont know if you noticed but WE ARE ALL IMMIGRANTS, isnt that what today July 4th is all about, from what I see, There are Asian, African-American, Caucasian, etc, panhandling and contributing to crime, did we not forget it was a LOCAL JEWELER who got robbed because he paid a prostitute for sex, and she took his "jewels" but did he get arrested, last I checked prostitution was still a crime? he calls himself the "victim" and @EVERYONE ELSE again I ask WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT WHAT'S GOING ON IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD? whining b*tching and complaing here does NOTHING, I've already written and email to our representative to call me to discuss the issues since waking up this morning? what are YOU going to do? just complain about it on the PATCH?
Marie LaCoste July 04, 2012 at 03:50 PM
I have been seeing many mentally ill people walking around and hanging out at Starbucks in FH. Maybe they should be locked in at Creedmore's Mental Institute.
Robin Amy B July 04, 2012 at 04:24 PM
"every generation thinks it's the end of the world"....I've been living in Forest Hills my entire life, and aside form one or two more aggressive, homeless people, things have not changed that much. I don't think one should connect rapes, and car thefts with suicide, or even younger people hanging out at Burger King Or McDonalds...that has alway been the case...Is this another Summer of Sam? I don't think so. As for suicide and depression..it's definitely something that needs to be looked at, and we all need to be a little more observant, and kinder to one another. At least the latest victim, didn't point the gun at anyone else...so that's my question? Who is walking around Forest Hills with guns?
Eneri July 04, 2012 at 04:26 PM
good point!!!! so what are you doing to do about it?
Eneri July 04, 2012 at 04:26 PM
oops going to do that is!!!
anon July 04, 2012 at 04:29 PM
About immigrants - these new groups are way different and they do not appreciate the opportunities America gave to them. Well I am not counting the opportunity to start a cash business, not pay taxes, and get welfare - I wish IRS investigated income sources for the owners of some of those mc mansions. Certainly no one respects the historical and architectural identify of FH. Most certainly these people are seen as loud, arrogant, and disrespectful. Not all of them are like this of course. But it is hard to not notice these teen punks blocking Continental in their fancy white German cars and shouting to each other across the street, not paying attention or respecting the drivers stuck behind them, or pedestrians that can't help but listen to the shouting. This "we own the streets and the world" generation and their parents have unfortunately picked FH as their place to live and litter.
Anonymous July 04, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Yes, there has been an influx of homeless and deranged people of late - especially in the Forest Hills area. I blame that on the economic downfall of 2008 and beyond. Have you noticed the women begging with a baby breast feeding on the street and the subway trains? People either can't find work or have been unemployed for so long that they are resorting to more drastic measures. The suicide could have been a victim of his own economic troubles and this was his only way out.
Anita July 05, 2012 at 04:21 PM
This is scary and sad. I find it odd that 2 have occurred at this station...is there a reason for that, does anyone know?
Marie LaCoste July 06, 2012 at 03:10 AM
There may be Kryptonite at the rails. Bad joke. But on a more serious note, Robin brought up a good point. How many people, deranged as they may be, are going around carrying guns? This is a scary thought. Also, why are they committing suicide by the LIRR? Maybe because it is central to the community and they wanted to be found by someone.
Eneri July 06, 2012 at 04:10 AM
so the guy that shot himself was an EDP, (Emotionally Disturbed Person) that explains it, why the hell would a grown man walk the streets with a gun, and shot himself in such a public place, i applaud the conductor for not subjecting the passengers to that sight and not opening the doors of the train. I am sorry to say this because it is a life, but the GOOD news for Queens residents is TWO CRAZY PEOPLE ARE DEAD! one shot himself the other shot by a MTA cop he assulted, thankfully they DIdnt injure any of us or our kids, to me what is scarey and sad is NO one wants to do a damn thing but come online and complain, they all just sit on their ass, point the fingers at the cops, the politicans and you know what the crime will continue becuase if you dont love where you live enough to take action why not? everyone is just whining like babies it's like you're all saying "COME HERE IT"S OK WE WILL LET YOU TAKE OVER"
Bobbie LaMotta July 08, 2012 at 11:25 PM
I am related to the man who took his life, and he was not a crazy person. This was so out of character for him. He was employed in the same job for almost 30 years, and he was on vacation this week. He was a jeweler and was licensed to carry gun. We are heart sick about his death, and have no idea why he did this. He had plenty of family that would gladly have reached out to him, if they only had known. He hid in well, and suffered in silence. As for why the train station, he lived with his elderly mom and probably diidn't want to subject her to seeing his body! I just picture him walking around all day with this gun in his pocket trying to work up the nerve to do this. I wish there was an answer, but the family is devastated over his loss!
Eneri July 08, 2012 at 11:50 PM
sorry for your loss, however, it's in the NYPD report emotionally disturbed person! no offense but family is never around when people need them, either way he did take his own life, and subjected the PUBLIC and commuters to it, I apologize if I seem harsh, but I have a hard time accepting suicides done in such a public way. Here you are now confirming my feeling as to how a family feels, truth is, they would have hurt no matter where he did this, so that IS the defination of an emotionally disturbed person! forgive me but to do that to your family is selfish! no matter what!
Eneri July 08, 2012 at 11:51 PM
I'm not going to give you some fake reply here about this lets me HONEST!
Marie LaCoste July 09, 2012 at 03:00 AM
Bobbie, my condolences. Some men tend to keep things all cooped up in their heads and heart and refuse to share their grief with others, even family. It makes sense that he did not want his mother to see him do this. Hard to tell what was ailing him unless he opened up to someone about it. Maybe he told a co-worker? May he RIP.
John July 09, 2012 at 04:35 AM
I agree. Interesting how a fairly affluent section of Queens does not have any truly good restaurants. When I go out to eat it is definitely not any place on Austin Street. I go into Brooklyn or Manhattan. I would love to be able to walk to a neighborhood place that has a little bit of class.
John July 09, 2012 at 04:37 AM
I'm looking to move to Brooklyn.
John July 09, 2012 at 05:23 AM
An "emotionally disturbed person" is an individual suffering from mental illness. Depression is a mental illness. Depression, as well as other mental illnesses, can lead to suicide due to various reasons. Far too many to get into on Patch. It was a very sad thing that happened. Take some time to reflect on the blessings in your own life.
John July 09, 2012 at 05:28 AM
Unfortunately, even to this day the stigma associated with mental illness prevents people from seeking professional help.
Michael Wilson July 11, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Mr. Adler, would you give me a call? I'm a reporter at the NY Times. Michael Wilson, 212-556-4624.


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