In a tragic incident early Sunday, four people, including two children aged 11 and 12, were fatally stabbed in New York City’s Far Rockaway neighborhood, Queens. The suspect, Courtney Gordon, 38, also allegedly set fire to a couch in the residence and slashed two responding police officers before being shot dead by one of them.
The New York Police Department reported that the violence began just after 5 a.m. with a distressing 911 call from a young female stating that her cousin was attacking her family. When two veteran officers, one with 28 years and the other with 16 years of service, arrived at the scene, they confronted Gordon, who was carrying luggage outside the home. The encounter quickly escalated, resulting in Gordon slashing one officer in the face and the other in the head. Despite their injuries, one officer managed to shoot Gordon, ending the attack.
At the scene, the officers found an 11-year-old girl stabbed outside the house, who later succumbed to her injuries at a hospital. The fire in the living room, reportedly started by Gordon, delayed the officers’ entry into the house. Once inside, three more victims were found fatally stabbed in the bedrooms, including a 12-year-old boy. A critically injured 61-year-old woman was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital in Queens.
The other fatalities included a 44-year-old woman and a man in his 30s. The police have yet to release their names, pending family notification. NYPD Chief of Department Jeff Maddrey described the incident as a domestic violence situation, noting that Gordon, who resided in the Bronx, was visiting relatives in Queens at the time of the attack.
Investigations are ongoing to determine the motive behind the rampage. Patrick Henry, President of the New York City Police Benevolent Association, commended the injured officers’ bravery, highlighting their crucial role in preventing further tragedy.