4 Dead, 1 Hurt in Upper West Side Shooting

Four men -- three generations of  one family -- were killed and a woman was injured when gunfire erupted on the Upper West Side this afternoon.

The horrific scene unfolded in an apartment building at 492 Amsterdam Avenue off W. 83rd Street after a 911 call was received at about 1:45 p.m., authorities said.

Police found 52-year-old Carlos Rodriguez Sr. and his son, 24-year-old Carlos Rodriguez Jr., dead in a bedroom. Eighty-seven-year-old Fernando Gonzalez was found dead in a bathroom. Police say 49-year-old Giselle Rodriguez was hospitalized with a head wound.

The alleged shooter,  44-year-old Hector Quinones was found dead after falling from the fire escape of the third-floor apartment, police said.

The grandfather was found shot in a bathroom, the father and son in a bedroom, and the shooter was found dead in the courtyard of the building, law-enforcement sources told NBCNewYork.com.

Police said the shooter fell from a back window of the third-floor apartment, it appeared, while trying to escape after the woman walked in on him.

Officials said that a woman had called 911 earlier in the day to say she believed her father and brother were dead in the apartment.

Police say they don't have a motive for the shootings, but are looking into the possibility that drugs were involved.  Sources say it's believed the gunman had served time in jail with one of the deceased.

Contact Us