Four killed including two children in New York stabbing
Four people, including 2 children, have been killed and three others wounded following a stabbing in Queens, New York.
Authorities were summoned to the Far Rockaway neighborhood during the early hours of Sunday, responding to a distressing scene in a home that had been set ablaze.
Upon arrival, law enforcement officers found the victims amidst the chaos. The situation escalated when the male suspect attacked two police officers with a knife, leading to a confrontation where one of the officers fired shots, subduing the assailant.
Despite efforts to save the suspect's life, he succumbed to his injuries upon arrival at the hospital.
In a press briefing held at Jamaica Hospital, the police confirmed the distress call they received at 05:10 local time (10:10 GMT). The call was made by a young female stating her cousin was harming their family members.
Upon reaching the address on Beach 22nd Street, officers encountered a male leaving the premises with luggage. The situation quickly turned critical as the male brandished a knife, injuring one officer in the neck and chest and another in the head.
Swift action by one of the officers led to the suspect being shot as more units arrived at the scene. Tragically, an 11-year-old girl found outside the residence succumbed to her injuries after being rushed to the hospital.
Further investigation by emergency services revealed the bodies of three other victims within the house: a 12-year-old boy, a 44-year-old woman, and a man in his thirties.
Additionally, a 61-year-old woman sustained multiple stab wounds and was transported to Mount Sinai Hospital for treatment.
Authorities recovered a kitchen steak knife from the scene, strongly indicating that all the victims had succumbed to stab wounds.
The suspect was identified by the New York Police as 39-year-old Courtney Gordon, who had a previous arrest record for domestic violence in the Bronx.