A Chinese man reportedly committed suicide in a crowded mall over the weekend after arguing with his girlfriend about her shopping.
According to Chinese media reports, the man jumped to his death Saturday at the Golden Eagle Shopping Complex in the city of Xuzhou after an afternoon of shopping with his girlfriend. It is believed that the man was about 40 years old.
Quoting witnesses of the tragedy, Guangming Online reports that the man had been arguing with his girlfriend before he climbed over a seventh-floor railing and leapt to his death. The couple's fight may have started when the man expressed concerns over his girlfriend's expensive purchases.
Graphic surveillance footage from after the incident shows that the man landed in the mall's atrium, near a number of cosmetics counters. He is believed to have died on impact.
"[It was] the weekend, so there were lots of mall-goers," said a cosmetics saleswoman who had been working in the atrium when the man jumped, according to Chinese news outlet 21CN. "I heard a 'bang' and then I heard people shouting that someone had jumped. I turned my head and I saw a man lying on the ground, totally motionless."
Need help? In the U.S., call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.