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12-Year Old Survives Family Murder-Suicide, Calls 911

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. 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. His and Hale’s older daughter, whom a relative identified as Christina Walker, was hospitalized in stable condition, police said.

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. When officers arrived three minutes later, Walker was gone.

They searched for his SUV and found it within hours, with Walker’s body and a .45-caliber gun inside, Boyce said.

The victims were found on the home’s floor, he said.

12-Year-Old Queens Girl Shot In Head Calls 911 After Father Murders Family. HuffPo Crime, 1/24/2015.

Man Kills Father over $100 (or $200) Reduction in His Weekly Allowance

Detectives believe the elder Gilbert was killed by his son, who then left the murder weapon — a .40 caliber Glock 22 — in the bedroom to make it look like a suicide.

“The gun was resting on his chest with his left hand covering it,” NYPD Chief of Investigations Robert Boyce said at a press conference. He described it as a “staged crime scene.”

Police said the son entered his parents’ Beekman Place home Sunday afternoon and asked his mother to get him a sandwich.

Boyce said that the mother “had a bad feeling” after leaving the two men alone together and decided to return to the apartment, but when she came back she found her husband shot in the head in his bedroom.

Investigators told ABC News that the father recently discussed no longer paying his son’s rent. They also say he discussed reducing his weekly allowance from $400 per week to $300.

Tommy Gilbert, Son of Slain Hedge Fund Founder, Appears in Court. ABC News, 1/6/2015.

Law enforcement sources told the newspaper that money was a continuing source of tension between the Ivy League-educated son and his Wall Street mogul father:

“[Gilbert Sr.] had been giving him $2,400 a month for rent and $600 for spending money, and he was cutting [the spending money] to $400… They had argued about it before.”

Ex Says Accused Murderer Thomas Gilbert Jr. Feuded With ‘Hypercritical’ Father Over Money. HuffPo Crime, 1/6/2015.

UPDATE: Man Guns Down 2 NYPD, Commits Suicide in Subway Station

The suspect, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, wrote on an Instagram account: “I’m putting wings on pigs today. They take 1 of ours, let’s take 2 of theirs.”

Brinsley went to the home of a former girlfriend in Owings Mills in the Baltimore area and shot and wounded her around 5:45 a.m. on Sunday, reports CBS Baltimore. That victim is expected to survive.

Criminal records show Brinsley has a history of arrests on various charges in Georgia, including robbery, shoplifting, carrying a concealed weapon, disorderly conduct and obstruction of a law enforcement officer.

NYPD cop killer shot girlfriend in Baltimore first. CBSNews.com, 12/21/2014.


An armed man walked up to two New York Police Department officers sitting inside a patrol car and opened fire Saturday afternoon, shooting both of them fatally before running into a nearby subway station and committing suicide, police said.

The shooting took place in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood. Both officers were rushed to Woodhull hospital, where one was pronounced dead, police said. The second officer was later pronounced dead at the hospital. That death was confirmed by two officials, a senior city official and a law enforcement official, who had direct knowledge of the shooting but were not authorized to speak publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

Authorities say the suspect fatally shot himself inside the station. His motive wasn’t immediately clear.

Man ambushes and kills NYPD officers before committing suicide. Associated Press/The Grio, 12/20/2014.

Man Guns Down 2 NYPD, Commits Suicide in Subway Station

An armed man walked up to two New York Police Department officers sitting inside a patrol car and opened fire Saturday afternoon, shooting both of them fatally before running into a nearby subway station and committing suicide, police said.

The shooting took place in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood. Both officers were rushed to Woodhull hospital, where one was pronounced dead, police said. The second officer was later pronounced dead at the hospital. That death was confirmed by two officials, a senior city official and a law enforcement official, who had direct knowledge of the shooting but were not authorized to speak publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

Authorities say the suspect fatally shot himself inside the station. His motive wasn’t immediately clear.

Man ambushes and kills NYPD officers before committing suicide. Associated Press/The Grio, 12/20/2014.

Man with Hatchet Attacks Cops in NYC

The chaotic scene unfolded about 2 p.m. when a freelance photographer approached four officers assigned to foot patrol with the 103rd Precinct and asked to take their picture on Jamaica Avenue near 162nd Street, NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said during a Thursday evening press conference.

As the officers posed for the shot on the rainy street, Zale Thompson, who was swinging an 18 1/2-inch metal hatchet, charged and struck Officer Joseph Meeker, 24, in the right arm, Bratton said. Thompson swung again, striking Officer Kenneth Healey, 25, in the back of the head, knocking him to the ground.

Thompson never uttered a word and investigators have no motive for the attack,….

Surveillance video released by the NYPD shows Thompson, 33, a Queens resident, in a green raincoat with the hood up run up and swing at the officers with a two-handed grip on the hatchet.

Two other officers shot and killed Thompson in front of the Conway department store.

VIDEO: Hatchet-Wielding Man Attacks Police Before Being Gunned Down. DNAinfo New York, 10/23/2014.

Man Beats 3-Year-Old Girl to Death over Soiled Pants

Cops found the dying girl after a 911 caller reported bloodcurdling screams echoing from the apartment in a city homeless shelter at 38 Cooper St. shortly before 4 p.m., cops said.

…Jeida Torres, 3, died at Wyckoff Hospital after her mother’s enraged boyfriend “punched and choked” the tiny child — who suffered injuries to her head and body, sources said.

“She either pooped her pants or peed on herself, and he got agitated,” a source said.

Suspect Kelsey Smith, who fled the scene and left the mortally injured child behind with her battered big brother, has a rap sheet with with 14 prior arrests dating to 2008, cop sources said.

Jeida’s 5-year-old brother, Andrew, was also beaten black and blue by Smith, 20, although a police source said the boy’s injuries were possibly inflicted before Saturday.

Neighbor Marilyn Cruz said the afternoon killing capped two solid weeks of fighting and violence inside the apartment.

Smith was busted just across the Queens border after the NYPD received a tip on the fugitive’s whereabouts. Cop sources said he tried to slash himself in a failed suicide try.

[Mother of children Kimberly] Torres — who arrived at the location 30 minutes after the 911 call — told police she left Smith alone with her two kids when she went to work Saturday.

The dead girl’s grandfather broke down completely after he learned of little Jeida’s fate, and his daughter sobbed relentlessly before police brought her to the hospital.

Battered Andrew Torres, who was placed in a police car for the trip to Wyckoff, was in stable condition with visible bruises to his face and upper body.

“Papa! Papa!” the terrified boy shouted at his grandfather, who had just come downstairs from the apartment where his granddaughter’s body was found.

The little girl was already motionless when EMTs rushed her outside in a desperate if vain effort to save her life.

“I saw the paramedics run out with little girl wrapped in a blanket,” said Best. “Her hands were just hanging out … just limp.”

Brooklyn girl, 3, beaten to death by mother’s 20-year-old boyfriend after going to bathroom in her pants: police. NY Daily News, 10/18/2014.

Asshat-at-Large Beats to Death Bear Cub, Dumps Body in NYC Central Park

Police told AFP that officers were called to Manhattan’s largest public park shortly before 10 am by a warden after the baby bear was found lying in a grassy area.

They said the bear was 3 feet long and transported to the Bronx Zoo.

The discovery baffled officials and disturbed members of the public, who go jogging, relax, walk their dogs and play with their children in Central Park.

No animals have been reported missing from any zoo in the city, leading to speculation that the bear may have been killed elsewhere and its body dumped.

The bear, somehow separated from her mother, was later on Monday transported to New York state department of environmental conservation in Albany for a necropsy.

Baby bear found beaten to death in NYC’s Central Park. Agence France-Presse/The Raw Story, 10/7/2014.

Bullied 14-Year Old Stabs Ex-Friend to Death in Front of Middle School

The 14-year-old suspect struck back after incessant mental and physical torment from his middle-school peers, including Crump, led to a botched May suicide try with a belt, neighbors said.

His parents’ desperate attempts to win their son a “safety transfer” from Intermediate School 117 failed — as did his dad’s last-ditch plea to the principal on the night before the stabbing.

When Crump began throwing unprovoked punches at Estevez, the latest in an unrelenting avalanche of abuse, the eighth-grader finally snapped Wednesday afternoon.

…Fellow student Raven Spencer, who was standing 3 feet away from the stabbing, said Estevez pulled a 12-inch blade as he stood on the sidewalk outside the Bronx school.

Crump was fatally gashed in the chest before Estevez was grabbed by school safety agents.

“The kid kept hitting me with his fist, so I kept stabbing him four or five times,” a Bronx prosecutor quoted Estevez as telling police.

…Estevez’s tormentors mocked him with homophobic taunts, hacked away his hair, pushed him down stairs and scrawled crude messages on his apartment door, said another neighbor.

“They would say his mama’s a crackhead,” said Erica Jones, 33. “They would say, ‘You’re stupid, you should just kill yourself.’ If he didn’t have that knife, he would have been dead.”

A building employee said the assailants urinated on the family’s apartment door at least a half-dozen times.

…“At one point, Timothy and Noel, they were best friends,” said family friend Milagros Arroyo.

The friendship soon crumbled as Estevez went from pal to pariah. Neighbors said the teen, who feared for his life, tried to hang himself in a closet last month.

…Arroyo said the boy’s mother told her that he worried the bullies were going to kill him.

“They would call the apartment, they would come to the apartment, write on the door. They would constantly harass him,” Arroyo recounted.

Bronx 14-year-old murder suspect bullied over missing iPhone before stabbing: neighbor. NY Daily News, 6/20/2014.

Man Stabbed to Death by in Church School Gym over Leftovers, Chafing Dish

This is a chafing dish.

The bloodshed left Juan Martinez, 58, the wife’s cousin, dead and his attacker, the husband’s nephew, Mike Garcia, 37, in handcuffs, sources said.

The two families had gathered inside the Holy Spirit Catholic Church, at 1960 University Ave., for the ceremony and went to the adjoining school’s gym for a reception when the fight broke out about 9 p.m. Sunday, sources said.

Investigators believed that Martinez and Garcia began arguing over who would take remainder of the food after the ceremony, a police spokesman said.

The fight escalated when one side accused the other of stealing the church’s chaffing dish, a source said.

The church ceremony erupted into a melee.

“Fists started to fly, then chairs and then the knife came out,” the source said.

Garcia stabbed Martinez in the leg, cutting his femoral artery, causing him bleed to death, sources said.

Man Killed in Fight Over Leftovers, Chafing Dish at Ceremony, Sources Say. DNAinfo New York, 6/2/2014.

Cops Gone Bad: NYPD Officers Smash 14-Year Old’s Head Through Window

When EMS paramedics arrived at the scene they found the color draining from Payne’s face, his clothes soaked in blood and his hands cuffed behind his back. A witness described the police officers on the scene as “nonchalant” about the emergency unfolding in front of them.

…An argument ensued between the paramedics and police about removing the teenager’s handcuffs so they could treat his injuries. Initially, the police refused, but eventually relented, witnesses said.

One of the paramedics had to hold the boys chest wound closed while they rushed him to Jacobi Medical Center. Medical experts said it may have saved Payne’s life.

As he was wheeled into the emergency room Payne was shrieking: “They threw me through a glass window and now I’m going to die, I’m going to die.”

Initially, EMS did not rush to the scene because when the officers put the call over they did not indicate that there was a pediatric emergency, a source familiar with the incident said. Instead they used a protocol normally used for drunks.

…Saturday night, Payne was apprehended and placed under arrest by two patrol officers in the Little Italy section of the Bronx on a mixed residential and commercial stretch of Arthur Avenue. During the arrest, and after he was handcuffed one of the officers smashed his face through the plate glass window of the Hookah Shop at 2491 Ave., cutting his face and slicing open his chest and puncturing his lung, family and sources said.

…[Javier’s mother, Cherita Payne, 50] said police officers informed her that she would need to go to the 48th precinct and get a letter of approval signed every day that she wants to visit her son [in the hospital] again.

[Nageib Aldaylam, 47, Hookah Shop Plus owner] said he recognized Payne but does not know him well. He said Payne and another teenager had walked into his shop before the violent confrontation with the police. Aldaylam said he came from behind his slightly elevated section behind the counter to greet the customers as his practice. He said they didn’t buy anything, but they didn’t cause any trouble.

“The kids came in normal, and they left normal,” he said. “They did zero, nothing. All the action happened outside.”

As soon as Payne and his friend stepped out of the store and back on to Arthur Avenue the police officers stopped them. He said he heard the boys and the officers arguing and that heated words were exchanged. He said they went back and forth for several minutes when he was jolted by the sound of the glass exploding.

…He said the officers questioned him while Payne sat and bled. They asked Aldaylam if he had any security footage. He told them no. And then they asked if Payne and his friend had done anything when they came into his store. Again, Aldaylam replied no.

Cops Smash Boy Through Window in the Bronx. Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, 5/19/2014.

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