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Man Kills Himself On Strangers' Stoop In Douglaston

Police said they don't know the reason for the public suicide.

A man took his own life on another family's property in Douglaston on Thursday afternoon, according to police.

The owners of the home say they didn't know the man who shot himself on their front steps.

The family that lives at Marathon Parkway near 53rd Ave., who asked not to be identified by name, said only their grandmother was home when the man chose to take his own life on their stoop.

Police on the scene said the man shot himself in the chin, but do not yet know the reason.

Neighbor Joseph Abt said his own home security footage shows the man sitting in his car for about 10 minutes, then getting out and appearing to contemplate which direction to go. "I saw him pause in front of my house," Abt said. "Thank God he didn't," he added. Abt turned over the images to police.

Other neighbors, and people who otherwise would have been going about their business, were stunned by the death. "It's a very quiet area," said local resident Jasmin Bekteshi. "Nothing ever happens here."

Arthur J caputo May 25, 2012 at 12:00 PM
Sadly, there was no one to intervene ,to help.The cost of living is very high for all of us I guess this man couldn't deal, cope with life anymore.Pray for him and his family ,if he has any.
Gudrun Scott May 25, 2012 at 03:27 PM
No man is an island-- there is tragedy lurking around us that we do not know. How we act to strangers can make a difference. There is something called the butterfly affect-- that the slightest cause can have a cascading huge effect-- my thoughts go out to your community of Douglaston and I want to commend the Patch internet site that chose to post the story -- I then looked at the activities for the day in your town and it is wonderful! I woman wants to catch bee swarms rather than have an exterminator called--- great journalism - including this story of a man who killed himself to have at least his death be a moment of awareness for others. My sympathies to the community and to all of us.
Dgjkdd May 26, 2012 at 02:21 AM
I can't believe they had a wedding last week and now someone killed themselves right infrintbif the house. Strange. That's why the ribbon is on the door.
A.Team May 26, 2012 at 03:11 AM
This is a sad thing. I feel sad for the family that lost ther family member. I live around there and this is a crazy story that this would happen in such a quiet nad nice neighborhed.
Hex Void May 26, 2012 at 03:58 AM
I go to the middle school a couple houses a way and I heard the gunshot when I was walking up the block. This neighborhood is quiet no crime happens I was stunned when this happened.

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