Police in New York City say four homeless men were discovered beaten to death in Manhattan early Saturday morning. A fifth homeless man was taken to the hospital in critical condition.
Police responded to a 911 call around 1:50 a.m. early Saturday morning about an assault in progress in the Chinatown area of New York City. When officers arrived on scene, they discovered an unidentified adult male, who was unconscious and unresponsive. He was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency responders.
Officers canvassed the neighborhood and discovered a second man, 49, who was transported to New York Downtown Hospital in critical condition. Police later found three other men on Broadway and East Broadway, who had been beaten to death.
A 24-year-old suspect was taken into custody. The suspect had a metal object in his possession, which officials described as a 'pipe' and also appeared to be homeless.
Officials said at a press conference Saturday that the motive for the attacks appeared to be "random" and no one had been "targeted by race, age anything by that nature," according to Chief Michael Baldassano.
“He kills two guys together — two guys are sleeping together,” one police official told the New York Times. “Then he kills two more around the corner.”
Officials told reporters that they had "tentative" IDs for the victims.
Police say they are investigating the incident and will release more details when they become available.