Four folks, amongst them a 5-year-old boy, have been shot and killed at a small condominium constructing in Queens on Monday night time in what investigators imagine might have been a murder-suicide, the police mentioned.
The taking pictures drew a herd of police automobiles and ambulances to a tree-lined residential block in Astoria and despatched detectives scrambling to study if a suspect was on the free.
The police have been known as to the condominium constructing, at 23-07 30th Drive, round 9 p.m. after a man was discovered in the yard with a gunshot wound and his throat slashed, the police mentioned.
He was pronounced lifeless, as have been two ladies and the 5-year-old who had been discovered shot in the constructing, the police mentioned.
Investigators discovered a gun on the scene and a glass sliding door shattered, and quickly closely armed officers swarmed the four-story brick constructing and searched behind it. A police helicopter shined a highlight from overhead.
The police didn’t instantly identify those that had been killed or supply any particulars about a motive, however they mentioned late Monday that that they had tentatively recognized one sufferer. The police additionally mentioned they have been nonetheless making an attempt to find out whether or not the lifeless have been members of the identical household.
Investigators have been leaning towards the idea that it was a murder-suicide, however by late Monday night time have been nonetheless working to rule out different potentialities, a police official mentioned.
The taking pictures upended a quiet night time on a block that’s hidden between two bustling avenues. None of the buildings on the block are taller than 5 tales, however most are three, and a number of of them get decked out for holidays from St. Patrick’s Day to Christmas.
Neighbors mentioned that they had no thought something was amiss till police automobiles and ambulances screeched onto their nook. Several folks mentioned they noticed a police officer strolling away from the scene sobbing.
“I got off the bus and saw an ambulance right here on the corner and thought ‘Oh someone’s had a heart attack,’” mentioned William Fulton, 63, who lives about a block from the crime scene. “But then, all of a sudden, shortly after, nine police cars and other ambulances are showing up like crazy.”
Ashley Southall, Sean Piccoli and Matt Stevens contributed reporting.