ST. ALBANS, Queens (WABC) -- A 54-year-old landlord appears to have killed his girlfriend and two of his tenants inside a home in Queens on Tuesday.
Officials say the victims, two women, ages 51 and 55, and a 57-year-old man, were found inside the home on Milburn Street at around 7:15 a.m.
They were pronounced dead at the scene of apparent stab wounds.
The killings of the tenants appear to stem from a rent dispute that dates back to the coronavirus pandemic, although some rent appears to have been paid during that time.
Police found the two tenants in a basement bedroom and the suspect's girlfriend in a bedroom upstairs.
The landlord then turned himself into the 113th precinct, where he is being held.
"Earlier this morning, a 54-year-old man walked into the 113th precinct, stating to uniformed police officers that he was having issues with his tenants, the officer inquired further, and the male stated further that he did something bad," said NYPD Assistant Chief Kevin Williams.
Police say his statements were captured on body camera and were devoid of emotion. A senior police official says the suspect will be charged with murder.
Authorities said only adults were in the home and there were not any children. The single-family home has a finished basement and authorities said it appeared to be well-kept.
Neighbors told Eyewitness News that the landlord and tenants were courteous but often kept to themselves.
Authorities are still working to identify the victims and charges are pending against the suspect.