A 32 year old man identified as Courtney Gordon went on a stabbing rampage in a Queens home Sunday morning, killing four people, including two kids, before attacking two responding police officers.
The suspect was shot and killed by one of the officers.
Police officers approached Gordon to initiate a conversation at his residence.
Shortly after their interaction began, Gordon allegedly assaulted the officers, stabbing one in the neck and chest and the other in the head.
Emergency personnel were initially unable to access the Far Rockaway residence due to a burning couch, believed to have been ignited after the stabbing incident.
“This scene was chaos,” said Patrick Hendry, the head of the police officer’s union, in a Sunday morning press conference. “Multiple victims, a house on fire and a madman on a rampage on a mission.”
NYPD Chief Jeff Madrey told reporters that two officers initially responded to a 911 call from a young female, who “stated that a cousin is killing her family members.”
A 12-year-old boy and an adult man and woman were found dead inside the home.
An 11-year-old girl was found injured outside the home and was transported to a nearby children’s hospital, where she died from her injuries.
One of the victims –a 61-year-old woman – is currently being treated for injuries at Mount Sinai Hospital, according to NYPD officials.
Gordon was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
He had one previous arrest for a domestic violence incident in the Bronx.
The incident remains under investigation.
The names of the victims have not yet been released to the public.