Brownsville, Brooklyn- Early this morning, four people—a young girl, a teenage male and two men— were found shot in a fourth-floor apartment and pronounced dead at the scene, according to officials.
At approximately 5 AM, the 53-year-old grandmother of one of the victims arrived home after a night out. Upon entering her apartment, she discovered the four victims and shortly after, an emergency call was made to police, according to officials.
Upon arrival at the scene, officers from the 73 rd precinct confirmed that four individuals had been killed, and then exited the apartment and waited for investigators to arrive, a police official said.
NYPD Deputy Chief Michal Kemper stated NYPD investigators from NYPD Brooklyn North homicide division discovered the four victims throughout the three-bedroom apartment, which is located inside a 9-story residential building at 345 Thatford Ave.
A 27-year-old male was found inside one bedroom with a 1-year old girl. The young girl is believed to be the 27-year-old man’s daughter. In another bedroom, investigators found a 16-year-old male. A 57-year-old male—believed to be the stepfather of the younger males—was found in a bathroom, according to Kemper.
All four victims are related to another either by “marriage or biology,” Kemper stated.
NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Public Information Stephen Davis initially told the NY Times that no gun was found beside the teen or middle-aged male, however the 27-year-old male’s hands could not be seen unless he was physically moved. Investigators were initially hesitant to touch any of the bodies because they wanted to preserve evidence, according to Davis.
Later, Deputy Chief Kemper stated that investigators had recovered a gun and shell casings, but did not elaborate on who police believed the shooter was; Kemper also did not immediately confirm if this incident was believed to be a triple murder-suicide.
Police say investigators remain on scene and the investigation is still ongoing.
“My heart goes out to this family, the residents of the Riverdale Towers and the Brownsville Community,” NYPD Assistant Chief Jeffery Maddrey stated. “The nature of this business is dealing with death and tragic scenes, but when it involves an infant it is extremely tough.”
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