NEW YORK (AP) _ A gunman killed his mother, her boyfriend and a home health care worker before fatally shooting himself, police said Wednesday.
The mother called police just before noon, saying ``something terrible was going to happen,'' said Assistant Chief Michael Collins, a police spokesman. When officers arrived moments later, they discovered the bodies at the two-story house in Queens where the family lived.
The 44-year-old mother; her 47-year-old live-in boyfriend, who had been using a wheelchair after a recent stroke; and another woman, who was a home attendant, had been shot in the face, police said.
A 21-year-old man who had recently arrived from Jamaica to help care for his uncle told police a shot grazed his leg, causing him to fall into a closet, where he played dead. He later slipped out a window to safety.
The 20-year-old shooter was found with a gunshot wound to the head and a semiautomatic pistol nearby on the second floor, police said.
Police said that last fall they had taken the suspected gunman to a hospital for a psychiatric evaluation after he argued with his mother. On Monday, officers responded to two calls from the home, one at 3 a.m. and one at 3 p.m., reporting that the pair were fighting again but didn't arrest anyone because there was no evidence of violence, police said.