Dec 3 (Reuters) – A steak knife-wielding man killed four members of a large family, including two children, at a home in New York City’s Queens early Sunday morning before being shot dead by police, authorities said.
According to the New York City Police Department, a girl called 911 in the Far Rockaway neighborhood of Queens to report that her cousin was murdering her family.
Police told reporters that the suspect, 38, stabbed two officers who responded to the scene. One of the officers then shot and killed him, police said.
Police said the suspect had previously been arrested in a domestic violence case. The two injured police officers were taken to a hospital and are expected to recover.
According to police, the four people stabbed to death included a 12-year-old boy, an 11-year-old girl, a 44-year-old woman, and a man in his 30s. The 11-year-old boy was found in front of the house and the other three were found in the bedroom, police added.
A fifth woman, a 61-year-old woman, was also stabbed and remains hospitalized in critical condition, police said.
Police said the suspect set a sofa in the living room of the home on fire, and officers had to wait for the fire department to arrive before entering the home.
Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Washington.Editing: Lisa Shoemaker
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Kanishka Singh is a breaking news reporter for Reuters in Washington, D.C. In her current role, she primarily covers U.S. politics and national affairs. His past breaking news coverage has spanned a wide range of topics, including the Black Lives Matter movement. US elections. The 2021 Capitol riot and subsequent investigation. EU Withdrawal Agreement. US-China trade friction. NATO withdrawal from Afghanistan. The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. and a 2019 Supreme Court ruling on the scene of religious conflict in his native India.