Jumper Attempting Suicide at Santa Monica Place Shopping Center Lands On Mall Guest After Third Floor Leap
Two patients were transported to local hospitals with injuries; one was the jumper, the other a bystander in the wrong place at the wrong time.
March 31, 2023
Updated: From Capt. Patrick Nulty, SMFD PIO: "At approximately 4:06 p.m. yesterday, Santa Monica Fire responded to 395 Santa Monica Place, adjacent to the Nordstrom for a report of a “Fall”. Upon arrival, paramedics discovered two patients, a male in his 50’s had fallen or jumped from the 3rd floor level inside the Santa Monica Mall, and landed on a female in her 70’s on the ground level."
"The male was treated and transported to a local trauma center and was alive upon arrival at the hospital. The female patient also suffered serious injuries, and was also treated and transported to the local trauma center."
"There were conflicting reports given to our paramedics on scene regarding the circumstances, we were not able to definitively determine the mechanism or circumstances of the fall as our focus was on patient care. 3.28.23"
4 pm PST Monday 3.27.23: Two or more ambulances and fire companies were rushed to Santa Monica place on Monday afternoon, as a person attempting suicide landed on a bystander after leaping from the third floor at Santa Monica Place shopping arcade.
The activity appeared to be at the center of the shopping mall. By 6 pm authorities were washing down the mall. Two people was transported with injuries to local hospitals. The bystander was transported to St. John's Hospital. Paramedics transported the suicidal patient to UCLA Ronald Reagan medical center in Westwood.
"Best access off of Broadway by Nike," came the call. "Starting a 2nd ALS resource (Advance life support ambulance)....Requesting an additional engine .... Requesting the first ambulance to hurry up .... traumatic injuries with multiple callers reporting two patients" said the dispatcher.
E-1, E-6 engine companies and two ambulances responded along with command from SMFD battalion 1."
Garages in downtown Santa Monica have in recent years, become go to places for suicides. Many (though not all) involve homeless people.
"The bystander did break their fall a bit, which probably prevented fatal injuries in this incident," said one witness to the aftermath.
If you are located in the United States, call 911 for medical emergencies, and the Lifeline at 988 if you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts.