Boy, 17, plunges to death from California mall building

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GLENDALE, Calif. (AP) — Family and friends say the person who jumped from the roof of a building at a Los Angeles-area shopping mall and hit a man below was a 17-year-old boy with autism.

Police say the teenager died at a hospital Tuesday afternoon after plunging from the seventh-floor roof of a parking garage at the Americana at Brand mall in Glendale.

KABC-TV says family and friends say the boy had autism. He attended school in the Eagle Rock neighborhood of Los Angeles. Police say his death is being investigated as a suicide.

He struck a man walking with his two children. The man suffered non-life threatening injuries. The children weren’t hurt.

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