Four family members, including two children, were stabbed to death in a Queens home early Sunday morning, police said. The suspect also started a fire in the house, then stabbed two police officers who arrived on the scene before being shot by one of them, according to New York police officials.
Around 5:10 a.m., police received an emergency call Since a young woman who said her cousin killed her family members, THE Department Chief Jeffrey Maddrey said during a news conference Sunday morning.
Two officers who responded to the scene, at 467 Beach 22nd Street in the Far Rockaway neighborhood, saw a man leaving with luggage, Chief Maddrey said. When they arrested him, the man stabbed one officer in the head and the other in the neck with a steak knife before one of the officers shot him.
The suspect was transported to hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The officers’ injuries were not life-threatening, Chief Maddrey said at the news conference held outside Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, where they were being treated.
When other officers arrived, they found an 11-year-old girl lying in front of the home and she was pronounced dead, Chief Maddrey said. The house had been set on fire and police were only able to enter the house after firefighters had extinguished the fire. They found three more victims in two rooms at the back of the house: a 12-year-old boy, a 44-year-old woman and a man in his 30s, all of whom they said had been stabbed to death, he said. declared.
Officers also found a 61-year-old woman with multiple stab wounds who was transported to Mount Sinai Hospital.
It was unclear whether the same knife was used on all the victims.
Joseph Kenny, the department’s chief of detectives, identified the suspect as Courtney Gordon, 38, who police said resided in the Bronx and was visiting family in Queens.
Police said Sunday that the motive for the attack was under investigation and the 9-1-1 caller was being questioned.