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Cops: 4 dead in drug-related massacre

Three people died inside an upper West Side apartment in a drug-related slaughter Thursday before the suspected killer fell to his death trying to escape, police said.

According to the New York Police Department, a fourth victim was in stable condition at a local hospital with a gunshot wound to the head.

Police found three men, representing three generations of one family, dead with possible knife and gunshot wounds inside apartment 3S at 492 Amsterdam Ave., a four-story, redbrick building about two blocks from Central Park.

The suspected gunman, Hector Quinones, 44, was found dead after he apparently tried to escape the scene but fell to his death into the backyard from a fire escape after tripping over his pants, police said.

A "significant" quantity of drugs was found in the apartment, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said last night. Investigators said heroin and cocaine were found, as well as a large locked metal box the size of a toaster oven.

Police found Carlos Rodriguez Sr., 52, and his son, Carlos Rodriguez Jr., 24, dead in a bedroom. Fernando Gonzalez, 87, was found dead in a bathroom. Authorities said a woman who was the wife, mother and daughter-in-law of the victims, Giselle Rodriguez, 49, came home to find the gunman, who then shot her.

The suspect wore latex gloves beneath a pair of leather gloves to mask his identity and used a .380 caliber handgun, according to investigators. Quinones and Carlos Rodriguez Sr. had met in prison, officials said.

NYPD spokesman Paul Browne described the inside of the apartment as a "very bloody scene," littered with shell casings. He said a bloody knife was found in the apartment, but police had not determined which injuries it may have caused. - With Pervaiz Shallwani

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