Man killed in fall down Brooklyn elevator shaft

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A partygoer fell to his death early Sunday after attempting to escape from a stalled elevator in a Brooklyn building, authorities said.

The man, Gerard Fuchs, 34, was in an elevator at 338 Berry St. in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn when it stalled sometime before 12:45 a.m., according to a New York City police report. Fuchs lived in Williamsburg, police said.

As Fuchs attempted to jump out of the elevator and onto an adjacent floor, the hood of his sweatshirt got caught on a piece of the elevator, causing him to fall five stories to the bottom of the elevator shaft, according to the police report.

Fuchs was taken to Bellevue Hospital Center, where he was pronounced dead. Police said another person managed to escape from the elevator.

Police do not suspect any criminality.

The elevator has an active violation from April, according to Department of Buildings records and had seven violations between 2001 and 2008, according to records. Those violations were eventually dismissed.

Police said an investigation is ongoing.

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