NEW YORK, NY – A horrifying incident unfolded in Far Rockaway, Queens, on Sunday morning when a man went on a violent rampage, brutally stabbing and killing four of his relatives before setting their house on fire. The victims included an 11-year-old girl and a 12-year-old boy. The suspect, identified as 38-year-old Courtney Gordon, was ultimately shot dead by the police after injuring two officers.
The gruesome events began when a young girl called 911 to report that her cousin was attacking her family members. She managed to escape by jumping out of a window before the police arrived at the scene. Gordon was in the process of trying to flee the house with his luggage when the officers confronted him. Within seconds, he pulled out a steak knife and stabbed one officer in the neck and another in the head. The injured officers were taken to the hospital in critical condition but have since been treated and released.
The chaos continued as Gordon set a couch on fire in an attempt to make his escape. Firefighters were called to extinguish the blaze before the police could enter the house. Tragically, the 11-year-old girl was found outside the home with fatal stab wounds, while the 12-year-old boy, a 44-year-old woman, and a man in his 30s were discovered dead inside, all victims of multiple stab wounds. Another 61-year-old woman was critically injured and taken to a local hospital.
Courtney Gordon, who had a previous arrest for domestic violence, was visiting his relatives when he carried out the brutal killings. The identities of the victims have not been released, but the police believe they were all related. As of now, the motive for the rampage remains unknown.
This disturbing incident follows another fatal stabbing just days earlier in Brooklyn, where a political volunteer allegedly stabbed his mother to death after an argument. The rise in violent attacks by relatives has left residents concerned about the increasing level of brutality and loss of control in their communities.
The officers involved in the Far Rockaway incident have been praised by police union officials for their handling of the chaotic situation. This tragic event serves as a stark reminder of the dangers that law enforcement officers face on a daily basis while responding to such unpredictable and violent situations.
As the investigation continues, authorities will work tirelessly to uncover more details about the motive behind this heinous crime. The community remains in shock and mourning as they try to comprehend the senseless loss of innocent lives in their midst.