Harlem man fatally shoots neighbors, sets apartment on fire — then kills himself

A Harlem man shot and killed two of his neighbors, lit his apartment on fire, and then fatally shot himself in the head during a standoff with cops Friday, authorities said.

The suspect, a 59-year-old man, shot his 78-year-old neighbor in the head in the first-floor hallway of their apartment building on West 131st Street near Malcolm X Boulevard at about 2:45 p.m., Chief of Manhattan Detectives Martine Materasso said.

The gunman, whose name was not immediately released, then shot the old man’s 62-year-old girlfriend in the head in the hallway of the second floor of the building, Materasso added.

EMS evacuates an injured man to an ambulance.
EMS evacuates an injured man to an ambulance.Taidgh Barron

Police rushed to the scene and found the gunman had locked himself inside an apartment on the first floor.

“Come and get it!” the suspect shouted at cops from inside the apartment.

Police called for backup from the NYPD’s emergency services unit and noticed smoke coming from inside the apartment, Materasso said.

EMS treats a fireman who was injured while responding.
EMS treats a fireman who was injured while responding.Taidgh Barron

Cops then burst into the room and found the man dead in his bathroom with a gunshot wound to the head.

Materasso said the fire made the investigation “chaotic to say the least.”

No other suspects are outstanding, police said.

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