A suspect is in police custody after his elderly father was found dead and three family others were critically injured at a residence in New York City.

Police responded to 221-15 Hempstead Avenue in the Queens Village neighborhood in Queens after receiving a 911 call about an “emotionally disturbed” male who was behaving erratically at around 6.30 a.m., a spokeswoman for the New York Police Department (NYPD) confirmed to Newsweek.

At a press briefing later on Thursday, NYPD deputy chief Joseph Kenny said responding officers found the man in a hallway and he told them he had injured someone inside the apartment.

Officers discovered an unresponsive 72-year-old lying on the floor in a bathroom. He had sustained what appeared to be multiple stab wounds, Kenny said, and was later pronounced dead at the scene.

The “emotionally disturbed” male—reportedly the deceased man’s 30-year-old son—was taken into custody without incident, Kenny said. He was transported to Queens General Hospital for evaluation, the NYPD spokeswoman told Newsweek.

Kenny said officers found three unconscious people on a mattress in the living room.

“They had no apparent signs of trauma to their bodies,” he said. They are thought to be family members of the man taken into custody.

The three people—thought to be the suspect’s 70-year-old mother, his 31-year-old brother and the brother’s 29-year-old wife—were transported to area hospitals. All were listed as being in a critical condition.

Firefighters also responded to this scene “to determine that there was no elevated CO2 levels in the apartment,” Kenny added. “Additionally, the NYPD’s emergency service unit took air samples and did not find any irregularities.”

Kenny said the apartment where the incident occurred does not have any prior history of domestic violence or any other calls involving emotionally disturbed people, Kenny said.

The investigation is ongoing.

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An NYPD car is seen near the Saks Fifth Avenue department store in Midtown on December 4, 2020 in New York City.
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