ROSEDALE, Queens (PIX11) — A 12-year-old girl is the sole survivor of a shooting in a Queens home where her father shot and killed several family members before killing himself Saturday morning.
Police responded to the shooting at 231-11 148th Avenue in Queens around 5:40 a.m.
Jonathon Walker, 34, is accused of shooting and killing his family, including 31-year-old Shantai Hale, his 62-year-old mother-in-law Viola Warren, and his 7-year-old daughter Kayla Walker, according to police.
The three victims were found shot in the head, and all were pronounced dead at the scene.
Police say Walker’s 12-year-old daughter was also shot in the head, but managed to call 911.
She was transported to Long Island Jewish Hospital and has been upgraded to stable condition. Her identity has not been released.
Walker was found hours later in his 2013 Silver GMC Acadia in a wooded area of Queens. He was dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, police say.
Walker’s family from Buffalo is on their way to Queens.
Anyone with information on the case is asked to call 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).
Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown released a statement about this morning’s tragic events:
This morning’s tragedy once again underscores the human toll and horror of domestic violence. Despite the progress that we have made in domestic violence prevention and prosecution, today’s events in southeast Queens show that we cannot relent in our efforts to eliminate the scourge of domestic violence. The latest statistics from the Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence show a 41 percent reduction since 2002 in intimate partner homicides. This morning’s tragedy demonstrates yet again that even one domestic violence homicide is one too many.
Statistics show that one in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime and more than three million children witness domestic violence in their homes every year. If you are a victim of domestic violence or know someone that is I urge you to report it before it is too late. The 24-hour domestic violence hotline number is 1-800-621-HOPE.