Mother and 4 children killed in Brooklyn stabbing rampage

A New York Police Department vehicle stands near the scene of a stabbing rampage in Brooklyn that left five dead, including four children. Eduardo Munoz / Reuters

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By Justin Kirschner and F. Brinley Bruton, NBC News

NEW YORK –  A mother and her four young children were stabbed to death in a bloody rampage in Brooklyn late on Saturday night, police said.

William Zhuo, 1, Amy Zhuo, 7, and Linda Zhuo, 9, were pronounced dead at the scene when officials arrived just before 11 p.m. ET, New York City police said in a statement released on Sunday.  Paramedics rushed 37-year-old Qiao Zhen Li and 5-year-old Kevin Zhuo to local hospitals but the two died, police added.

“Officers observed a total of five persons, unconscious and unresponsive, all with stab wounds about the upper portions of their bodies,” according to a statement released by police early on Sunday.

“A person of interest is being held,” a police spokesman later told NBC News.  “Nobody else is a suspect at this time.”

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