Father fatally shoots three in New York home before killing self

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Joseph Simmons, speaks to the media about his relatives at 231-11 148th Avenue Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in the Queens borough of New York. Police say a father shot his daughters, his girlfriend and her mother in their home and then killed himself after the shooting that left three generations of women dead and a 12-year-old critically injured. New York Police Department spokesman Steve Davis says Jonathon Walker's body was found in a car, with a gun inside, in an isolated part of Queens after Saturday's pre-dawn shootings. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Media gather near 231-11 148th Avenue during a news conference Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in the Queens borough of New York. Police say a father shot his daughters, his girlfriend and her mother in their home and then killed himself after the shooting that left three generations of women dead and a 12-year-old critically injured. New York Police Department spokesman Steve Davis says Jonathon Walker's body was found in a car, with a gun inside, in an isolated part of Queens after Saturday's pre-dawn shootings. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
New York Police Chief of Detectives Robert K. Boyce responds to questions during a news conference near 231-11 148th Avenue Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in the Queens borough of New York. Police say a father shot his daughters, his girlfriend and her mother in their home and then killed himself after the shooting that left three generations of women dead and a 12-year-old critically injured. New York Police Department spokesman Steve Davis says Jonathon Walker's body was found in a car, with a gun inside, in an isolated part of Queens after Saturday's pre-dawn shootings. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
New York Police Chief of Detectives Robert K. Boyce responds to questions during a news conference near 231-11 148th Avenue Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in the Queens borough of New York. Police say a father shot his daughters, his girlfriend and her mother in their home and then killed himself after the shooting that left three generations of women dead and a 12-year-old critically injured. New York Police Department spokesman Steve Davis says Jonathon Walker's body was found in a car, with a gun inside, in an isolated part of Queens after Saturday's pre-dawn shootings. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Police gather near a home located at 231-11 148th Avenue, left, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in the Queens borough of New York. Police say a father shot his daughters, his girlfriend and her mother in their home and then killed himself after the shooting that left three generations of women dead and a 12-year-old critically injured. New York Police Department spokesman Steve Davis says Jonathon Walker's body was found in a car, with a gun inside, in an isolated part of Queens after Saturday's pre-dawn shootings. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
The home located at 231-11 148th Avenue, left, is shown Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in the Queens borough of New York. Police say a father shot his daughters, his girlfriend and her mother in their home and then killed himself after the shooting that left three generations of women dead and a 12-year-old critically injured. New York Police Department spokesman Steve Davis says Jonathon Walker's body was found in a car, with a gun inside, in an isolated part of Queens after Saturday's pre-dawn shootings. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
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(Reuters) - A New York man shot and killed his 7-year-old daughter, his girlfriend and her mother inside their home early on Saturday before taking his own life, police said.

Jonathon Walker, 34, also critically wounded his 12-year-old daughter in the shootings in the borough of Queens, close to John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Officers arrived at the home around 5:40 a.m. and found four people shot in an incident that "underscores the human toll and horror of domestic violence," Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said in a statement.

Walker killed his daughter Kayla, 7; the girl's mother, who was his girlfriend, Shantai Hale, 31; and Hale's mother, Viola Warren, 62, with shots to the head, police said.

Walker's daughter Christina, 12, survived and was in critical condition at a hospital, authorities said.

After the rampage Walker fled in a sports utility vehicle, armed with a .45-caliber handgun, and parked on a quiet stretch of road in Queens where he committed suicide, police said.

Local media reported that Walker worked as a security guard and had once played professional basketball in Portugal.


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