FOUR DEAD IN SHOOTING

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Three men were fatally shot by one gunman, who police believe fell to his death, on the afternoon of Dec. 17.

The men—a grandfather, his son-in-law and his grandson—were killed inside their apartment at 492 Amsterdam Ave. between West 83rd and 84th streets, according to police.

The victims were Fernando Gonzales, 87, his son-in-law Carlos Rodriguez, Sr., 52, and Rodriguez’s 24-year-old son, Carlos, Jr.

A fourth body, the alleged shooter Hector Quinones, was also found dead, apparently from falling out of a third-floor apartment window in the five-story walk up building. Police suspect that he tried to flee on the fire escape. His .380 caliber, semi-automatic Smith & Wesson pistol was found in the apartment.

Gonzales was found dead in the bathroom. Rodriguez and his son were shot in the bedroom.

Gisela Gonzalez, the 49-year-old mother of Carlos, Jr. and wife of Carlos, Sr., was returning home from a meeting with her landlord at tenant court when she walked in on the at 1:45 p.m. She sustained a head injury—possibly from being grazed by a bullet or hit with the butt of the gun—and was taken to a nearby hospital.

Reports say drugs were at the heart of the shootings. Quinones knew the elder Rodriguez from their days in prison together.

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