New York City police officers investigate the scene where four children and their mother were stabbed to death in Brooklyn.
(Photo: Justin Lane, EPA)
NEW YORK (AP) -- A mother and her four young children were killed in a late-night stabbing rampage at their Brooklyn home, and a man has been taken into custody, police said Sunday.
Officers who arrived at the scene late Saturday found all five victims unconscious and unresponsive, police said. Two girls and a boy were pronounced dead at the scene, while another boy and the woman were taken to Brooklyn hospitals, where they were pronounced dead, police said.
The victims were identified as 37-year-old Qiao Zhen Li and her children, 9-year-old Linda Zhuo, 7-year-old Amy Zhuo, 5-year-old Kevin Zhuo, and 1-year-old William Zhuo.
A man identified by police as a person of interest has been taken into custody, but no charges had been filed as of Sunday morning.
Fire department spokesman Jim Long said emergency workers responded just before 11 p.m. to a 911 call from a person stabbed at the residence in the Sunset Park neighborhood, a working-class neighborhood of adjoining two-story brick buildings.
Neighbor May Chan told the Daily News it was "heartbreaking" to learn of the deaths.
"I always see (the kids) running around here," Chan said. "They run around by my garage playing. They run up and down screaming."