Police say the deaths of three people found inside a Long Island apartment on Friday are part of a criminal investigation.
A couple living in the apartment and a friend staying with them were all found shot to death inside the rental home on Overlook Drive in Farmingville, according to police and friends. A baby and two dogs were also discovered in the home but were unharmed.
The victims were later identified as 31-year-old Richard Castano and 24-year-old Diamond Schick, who lived at the home. Nyasia Knox, a 20-year-old from Georgia who is believe to have been visiting, was also killed.
Jacqueline Wiggins, a friend to the victims, says the tragedy has left their community with "a lot of heartbreak."
"Everybody's hurting because we all loved them," she said Friday.
Police officials couldn't say if the three victims were targeted or how they may have become victims of a gunman still wanted by authorities. A broken doorjamb discovered at the home has detectives investigating if the killer broke into the home.
Countless police vehicles lined the street outside the Farmingville home for much of the afternoon as Suffolk County detectives worked the scene.
Authorities first responded to the apartment on Overlook Driver around 12 p.m. after receiving a 911 call from a victim's relative.