A New York girl hid in a closet and made a disturbing emergency call after her father allegedly shot her mother, her two sisters and herself at her birthday party in her Brooklyn apartment, it has been revealed.
Joseph McCrimon, 46, allegedly committed the murder-suicide before his 9-year-old girl called 911 around 11:15 p.m. Monday, NYPD chief investigators James Essig said at a news conference on Tuesday.
‘She just called the emergency center, you know, if you can imagine, it’s awful, the emergency center said,’ Daddy came over for my birthday and he shot people, ” Essig told reporters, according to the New York Post
And she cried and cried [that she] ‘had no presents.’ It was heartbreaking to hear that. We found her hidden in a closet. ‘
Investigators are seen pulling evidence from the apartment building where the father of a 9-year-old girl allegedly killed her mother and two sisters before pointing the gun at himself
A man shot his child’s mother and two of her daughters in the Van Dyke Houses (pictured) in Brooklyn before pointing the gun at himself, police said.
The victims were shot shortly after 11 p.m. Monday in an apartment in the Brownsville neighborhood, police said. Officers went to the apartment after a nine-year-old girl called 911 to report a shooting, a police spokesman said.
McCrimon is said to have murdered her 45-year-old mother, Rasheeda Barzey. He is also said to have killed Barzey’s two other daughters, Chloe Spears, 16, and Solei Spears, 20, who were not his children.
Police responding to the scene found the girl hidden in a closet.
Police said McCrimon and Barzey had a ‘very rocky’ romantic relationship for 20 years and ‘he left in an excited state to meet her’, The New York Times reported.
Police Commissioner Dermot F. Shea said he viewed camera footage of officers responding.
“It would be heartbreaking to see the young girl from that crime,” Shea said, according to the Times.
Shea said a recent spike shooting left many people “ numb ” to gun violence, WABC TV reported.
“I think some are going numb to this,” Shea said.
“None of us here are numb to this. These are real people. I watched a camera video of that horrible incident in Brooklyn last night this morning. It would be heartbreaking to see the little girl from that crime. ‘
In an appearance on TV station NY1 on Tuesday, Shea said, “It’s just a terrible situation all over the place.”
Mayor Bill de Blasio called the incident a “truly troubling and tragic situation.”
“An awful, awful situation, and my heart goes out to those who have been lost,” de Blasio said according to WABC-TV.
The officers found a 45-year-old woman, a 20-year-old woman and a teenage girl, whose age was not immediately clear, dead from gunshot wounds. Cops at the scene of the Monday night shooting
The two younger victims were the daughters of the 45-year-old woman with a different father, police said (in the photo on the spot Monday).
The victims were shot shortly after 11 p.m. Monday in an apartment in the Van Dyke Houses in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn before he subsequently pointed the gun at himself, police said.
McCrimon was found dead in a nearby walkway of 563 Mother Gaston Boulevard with a gunshot wound to the head, believed to be self-inflicted. A .38 revolver and a semi-automatic pistol were recovered by the police.
Barzey’s former brother-in-law, Hasley Derosena, told the New York Post that the girl is “ absolutely confused ” after being left without either parent.
Derosena told the outlet that McCrimon was “in a mood” but “not an insulting person.”
‘He had mental illness. He had previously been hospitalized. He tried to kill himself, but nothing like that, ”Derosena said.
Derosena called Barzey “a good mother” and “very caring” while noting that he did not know McCrimon had a gun, according to the New York Post.
“If he wanted to kill himself, fine, but why the girls?” Derosena said.
“I knew he would be able to do something like that to a boy, but not the girls.”
A neighbor who lives among the family told the outlet that “it was really bad” when the couple had a fight.
‘There were no words, no arguments last night. Just ‘pop, pop’, and after the first pop she started wailing. Then there were three more, and it went quiet, ”the neighbor said.
‘Dead quiet. I thought, ‘Shall I call 911?’ But, “No, you’re not sure what it was.” Five seconds later the sirens came. ‘
The neighbor added, “I’m so grateful that the baby … was in the closet.”
McCrimon lived in Mount Vernon, a town just north of New York, and had a violent criminal history
Police responding to the scene found the girl hidden in a closet after the murder-suicide
McCrimon was found dead in a nearby walkway, police found a .38 revolver and semi-automatic pistol
The New York Times reported that Barzey was an administrative manager for the city’s public hospital system, while her eldest daughter, Solei Spears, was a student at Baruch College in Manhattan.
New York Health + Hospitals, which operates city hospitals and other health care facilities, released a statement after Barzey’s death confirming she was an employee, WABC-TV reported.
“We are deeply saddened by the senseless death of a member of the NYC Health + Hospitals family. In addition to reaching out to family members, we activated our Helping Healers Heal team to support those who worked alongside this staff member and may need bereavement counseling, ”said spokesman Chris Miller.
McCrimon lived in Mount Vernon, a town just north of New York, and had a violent criminal history.
In 1995, when he was 18 years old, he was convicted of first-degree manslaughter for an incident on Long Island after shooting a sanitation worker in the back on Halloween in 1993.
Eugene Grant, Jr., 28, was a married father of five who worked part-time for the sanitation department in Hempstead and ended a street fight involving McCrimon’s nephew, outlets reported.
McCrimon had claimed the gun fell out of his pocket and went off as the Grant reached for it, according to court documents.
State records show that McCrimon was paroled in September 2000, but returned to prison in February 2003 for an unspecified violation, The New York Times reported.
McCrimon was released after serving his sentence at Sing Sing Correctional Facility in August 2003.
He was again sentenced to five years in prison in 2013 after pleading guilty to robbing a bank, the Times reported. McCrimon later denied robbing the bank and convinced an appeals court to reduce his sentence by one year.