NY police: Man shoots his family then kills himself

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7-Year-Old, 2 Adults Dead in Quadruple Family Shooting | NBC New York.

Despite having being shot through the head and the bullet exiting through her eye, the brave little girl managed to let police in and was able to talk to them for around a quarter of an hour before being rushed to hospital. A deranged dad killed his wife, daughter and mother-in-law with bullets to the head in a methodical murder spree at their Queens home early Saturday, police said.In the quiet of a pre-dawn Saturday on a dead-end street, a father came home and shot his family in their heads, leaving women in three generations dead and a wounded 12-year-old girl calling 911, police said. “What I did, I cannot come back from,” Jonathon Walker told his brother by phone soon afterward, police said.

A father killed his seven-year-old daughter, girlfriend and girlfriend’s mother before turning the gun on himself in a mass shooting at a family home in Queens, New York City, police said. Three generations of her family — her 7-year-old sister, her mother and her grandmother — lay nearby, fatally shot in the head by her father, the authorities said. Hulking Jonathon Walker, 34, put a bullet into his own head near the Bergen Basin, and his body was discovered inside the silver GMC Arcadia used to flee the gore-spattered crime scene. And Walker did not come back – police said he killed himself in his car on a desolate street a few miles away, ending a burst of violence that stunned relatives who said the family hadn’t shown signs of trouble. The 34-year-old security guard had killed his 7-year-old daughter, Kayla Walker; his 31-year-old girlfriend, Shantai Hale; and Hale’s mother, Viola Warren, 62.

The dead man’s 12-year daughter, who was fighting for her life Saturday after surviving a gunshot to her head, had managed to dial 911 and report the morning massacre, sources said. According to the New York Post, the surviving child managed to speak to police for 15 minutes despite her critical injuries as she was rushed to Long Island Jewish Medical Center.

Police arrived to find the bodies of Walker’s wife Shantai Hale, 31, her mom Viola, 62, and 7-year-old Kayla Walker after the gunman targeted the victims in their bedrooms, the sources said. “She was a lovely person,” said a devastated Patricia Simmons, 64, of her sister. “She cared for her grandkids. Investigators were trying to trace Walker’s movements before the shooting as relatives struggled to comprehend shootings that struck them as inexplicable. Officers then issued an appeal hunting gunman Walker, who was carrying a .45-caliber gun as he drove from the scene of the crime in a 2013 Silver GMC Acadia SUV. ‘We’ve heard he was out with a friend.

While Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said police had taken reports for domestic incidents at the home in 2005 and 2006 for “nominal matters” and Walker had been arrested twice in now-sealed cases, relatives said they weren’t aware of any family strife or concerns about Walker. “There was no indication of anything that would remotely make him do this,” Wendell Warren, Viola Warren’s brother, said as he wiped tears from his eyes outside the home on a suburban-style street in Queens, near a park and John F. It’s horrific, just horrific.” “She’s fighting, she’s fighting,” said a teary Wendell Warren, another of Viola’s six siblings. “She was always the toughest. Doreen Warren said Walker had joined in a pleasant family gathering at Christmas and her daughter and granddaughter never complained to her about him. I believe she’s going to make it.” But sources indicated she told police that Walker suddenly snapped before the killing started, with the shooter walking from bedroom to bedroom and opening fire.

Facebook photos painted a portrait of domestic bliss in the family, including a series of shots showing the two girls posing happily in their school uniforms. The bloody scene unfolded suddenly and quickly – Walker showed up to the home at 5:38 a.m., and his 12-year-old daughter called 911 a few minutes afterward to report that her father had shot the family, Boyce said. The killings turned a quiet dead-end block into a scene of despair on a grey Saturday morning, as relatives stepped through a layer of slush and ducked under caution tape. And a second neighbor said he was not a violent or abusive person. “He was so nice, a very nice guy,” said Sam Santos, 21, who lived next door for the last 13 years. “Never saw cops come to the house, never heard a fight — nothing like that.”

Joseph Simmons, 34, said Hale, his cousin, had recently grown despondent about her relationship with Walker, a former professional basketball player in Europe who stood 6 1/2 feet tall. Mark Kippins, 13, another neighbour, remembered riding his bicycle with Christina, who likes to wear turquoise eyeliner and tiaras, and Kayla as their families mingled on the sidewalk.

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