Four dead after shooting at Manhattan apartment

By Calvin Palmer

Four men were found dead this afternoon at an apartment in the Upper West Side area of Manhattan.

Police say three of the men were shot to death inside Apartment 3-S on Amsterdam Avenue, between 83rd and 84th Streets.

The victims were identified as three generations from the same family —  a 92-year-old grandfather, his 52-year-old son and 21-year-old grandson, all named Carlos Rodriguez.

The two younger men were discovered dead in a bedroom, and the older man was found lying in the bathroom.

The fourth man, Hector Quinones, was found dead in the backyard and is believed to have fallen while trying to leave the apartment through a back window.

“He may be responsible for the deaths of other three,” said Paul J. Browne, New York Police Department’s chief spokesman.

A semi-automatic pistol was discovered at the scene.

A 49-year-old woman was also injured in the incident and has been taken to St Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital where her condition is stable.

Police were alerted around 1:45 and the area was soon swarming with uniformed and plainclothes officers.

Detectives believe the motive for the shootings was drug related. A small amount of cocaine was found inside the apartment as well as on Quinones’ body.

[Based on a reports by The New York Times , Associated Press and New York Daily News.]

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