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International News: Four family members slain in knife attack in New York; Police officers wounded before suspect is shot dead

Posted: Sunday, December 3, 2023. 3:01 pm CST.

By Horace Palacio: In a horrific early morning incident in Queens, New York, a man brutally killed four family members, including two children, in a knife assault, subsequently setting the family home ablaze and stabbing two responding police officers before being fatally shot by one of the officers, authorities in New York reported.

The deadly outburst occurred in the pre-dawn hours at a residence in Far Rockaway, a coastal neighborhood in Queens. The Associated Press reported that the incident began around 5:10 a.m., following a desperate 911 call from a young girl claiming her cousin was attacking her family. NYPD Chief of Department Jeffrey Maddrey provided a detailed account of the tragic events at a press briefing. On arrival, the officers confronted Courtney Gordon, 38, who attacked them almost immediately.

An 11-year-old girl found critically injured outside the house, was rushed to the hospital but succumbed to her stab wounds. Inside the home, firefighters and police discovered an even more distressing scene: three additional victims, fatally stabbed, including a 12-year-old boy, a 44-year-old woman, and a man in his 30s. Another woman, 61, was severely injured in the assault and is currently in critical condition. The injured officers are both expected to make full recoveries.

The suspect, Gordon, was reportedly visiting from the Bronx. The police described the scene as one of utter chaos. “Multiple victims, a house on fire, and a madman on a rampage, on a mission,” said Patrick Hendry, head of the New York Police Department’s police union, while also praising the police officer who neutralized the threat despite being wounded.

The names of the victims have yet to be released. This tragic event follows another recent knife attack in the Bronx, where a college student killed three family members under the influence of auditory hallucinations.

The NYPD is actively investigating the motive behind Gordon’s violent spree as the community reels from the shock of this unexpected and devastating tragedy.

 

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