The NYPD has released the names of the family members stabbed to death in Queens on Sunday as more details surrounding the bloody incident are beginning to emerge.
Cops said that four members of an extended family—including two children—were killed in Far Rockaway during the early hours Sunday morning when 38-year-old Courtney Gordon went on a violent rampage at a home located at 467 Beach 22 St. Two veteran NYPD officers were also stabbed before ultimately gunning Gordon down and killing him.
The family members murdered have been identified as 11-year-old Mikayla James, 12-year-old Rojaun Davis, 44-year-old Suzette Taylor-Davis, and 34-year-old Rickmon Davis.
A 61-year-old woman, also stabbed in the mayhem, remains in critical condition and is being treated at Presbyterian Queens Hospital.
James, the 11-year-old, was discovered by authorities outside of the entranceway of the house while the rest of the family members were found inside the bedrooms. They had all been stabbed to death.
“This scene was chaos, multiple victims, a house on fire and a madman on a rampage, on a mission,” Police Benevolent Association President Patrick Hendry said in an impassioned speech from Jamaica Hospital on Dec. 3, where the injured officers were treated.
Sources with immediate knowledge of the family’s living situation told amNewYork Metro that Gordon had been staying at the home but was ultimately asked to leave allegedly spurring him to take a steak knife and unleash horror on the home’s occupants. He then attempted to burn the house down before he fled.
“It seems [Gordon] lit the couch on fire as he was leaving,” Chief of Detectives Joseph Kenny told amNewYork Metro.
Gordon’s 16-year-old cousin frantically dialed 911, prompting two officers to race to the scene at around 5:40 a.m., where they found the suspect carrying luggage down the driveway.
“They had an encounter that lasted about 10 seconds. The male draws a knife on our officers. He stabs one in the neck, chest area and he strikes the second officer in the head,” Chief of Department Jeffrey Maddrey said at a press conference following the incident Sunday. “A 28-year veteran is able to withdraw his firearm, he’s able to discharge his weapon to stop the assault and he was able to stop the perpetrator.”
Both officers were discharged that night to a rousing round of applause from fellow cops.