David Karp  /  AP
A man who said he is a relative consoled his wife outside the apartment building on Manhattan's Upper West Side in New York, where three bodies were found Saturday.
updated 2/8/2009 12:33:14 AM ET 2009-02-08T05:33:14

Two men and a woman were shot and killed in an apartment on Manhattan’s Upper West side, police said Saturday.

The bodies were found in an upscale building Saturday evening with a semiautomatic gun nearby, police Sgt. Kevin Hayes said.

About four hours later, a man was shot dead outside another apartment building on the Upper West Side about a mile and a half away. The man was found wounded Saturday night and pronounced dead at a hospital, police said.

It was unclear if the shootings were connected or when the first victims were shot. Neighbor William Glenn told Newsday his wife had “heard a couple of bangs” around 8 p.m. Friday.

Investigators did not know whether the three victims were related or if any of them lived in the eighth-floor apartment, Hayes said. Their names were not released.

No one else was there when the 46-year-old woman and a 57-year-old man were found on the floor, and a second man was found in a chair, the sergeant said. Police did not have the second man’s age.

A visibly distraught woman arrived at the building Saturday night and left with police; a man who arrived with her told reporters they were relatives.

Detectives were talking to residents of the 10-story co-op with decorative wrought-iron doors on a quiet residential block. A man answering the phone at the building office declined to comment and hung up.

“It’s a pretty good block,” said Alice Cruz, a resident of the area who was among a small crowd outside the building Saturday night. “You get it (violence) even in the best neighborhoods.”


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