4 homeless men dead in New York murder rampage
In a bizarre multiple murder case, a homeless long metal pipe-wielding man set on a killing spree through New York City early today attacking other homeless people who were sleeping. Authorities said he killed four and left a fifth in critical condition. Chief of Manhattan South Detectives Michael Baldassano addressed a news conference and informed that the men were attacked at random in the city’s Chinatown neighbourhood with the object that authorities recovered.
Police responded to a 911 call just before 2 am, as one assault was in progress. The detective said the 24 year old suspect was in custody but has yet to be charged. Baldassano said the suspect is homeless and that his actions appear to have been “random attacks” rather than motivated by race or age. He said people recovered a metal pipe that was still in the suspect’s hands when he was arrested after fleeing the scene of the last attack.
The victims were attacked in three different locations. The first died of blunt trauma to the head, a second man was attacked nearby but survived. He was taken to New York-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital in critical condition. The other three victims, who were attacked about a block away, also died of trauma to the head.
The chief said police were searching the neighbourhood street by street for any other possible victims. The killings began on The Bowery, which cuts through Chinatown and has for decades been known as New York’s skid row, inhabited by homeless addicts and alcoholics.