A 9-year-old Brooklyn girl whose mother and two stepsisters were shot and killed by her father hid in a closet and cried to a 911 operator: “Dad was coming for my birthday and he shot people.”
The “heartbreaking” emergency call from the affected boy came amid bloodshed that occurred during the girl’s birthday party in Brownsville on Monday night, the police chief of detectives told reporters Tuesday. New York, James Essig.
“She was just calling 911, you know, if you can imagine, it’s horrible, 911, saying, ‘Dad was coming for my birthday and he shot people,'” Essig said of the girl.
“And she was crying and crying [that she] ‘I had no gifts.’ It was heartbreaking to hear that. We found her hidden in a closet, ” he said.
Police say the girl’s father, Joseph McCrimons, 46, killed her 45-year-old mother, Rasheeda Barzey, and Barzey’s two other daughters, Chloe Spears, 16, and Solei Spears, 20.
McCrimons, who was not the father of the older girls, fatally shot himself in the head.
The girl, who is now left without either parent, “is definitely a mess,” Barzey’s former brother-in-law, Hasley Derosena, told The Post.
“Today is her birthday,” he said about the girl.
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A resident in an apartment below Barzey and her children at Van Dyke Houses on Sutter Avenue told The Post that when Barzey and McCrimons had fought previously, “it was really bad.
“[But] Last night, there were no words, there was no discussion. Just ‘pop, pop’, and after the first pop, he started crying. Then there were three more, and there was silence, “said the neighbor.
“Silence of death.
“I thought, ‘Should I call 911?’ But, “No, you’re not sure what it was.” Five seconds later, the sirens arrived.
“I’m so thankful that the baby … was in the closet.”
McCrimons and Barzey had been in a “very difficult” relationship for years, relatives told authorities, although the problem between the couple was not enough for police to intervene, Essig said.
“There were no previous domestics among them,” he said.
The neighbor on the ground floor said that years ago she called the police at the address, after hearing a woman yelling, “Help me!” The result was unclear, although the neighbor said arriving officers searched the building at the time.
Derosena said the antics between Barzey and McCrimons ruined her relationship with her former sister-in-law.
“I didn’t support the relationship and I always told him I didn’t like him. So he stopped talking to me,” he said.
Derosena added about McCrimons: “I know he was always a little off the mark.
“He had a short temper. He was not an abusive person. He had a mental illness. He was hospitalized before. He tried to commit suicide, but nothing like this.”
The former politician lamented the death of the victims.
“If he wanted to kill himself, that’s fine, but why the girls?” Derosena said, adding: “I didn’t know I had a gun, but I knew I was capable of getting one.
“I knew I would be able to do something like this to a boy, but not to girls,” said Derosena, as she called Barzey “a good mother … very loving.”
McCrimons was previously convicted of manslaughter in Nassau County, LI.
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He was 18 when he shot and killed a local sanitation worker and his father on Halloween night 1993, allegedly because he was angry that the victim had broken up a fight he was watching. McCrimons spent several years behind bars for the murder.
The neighbor who lived below Barzey said the house upstairs seemed peaceful, until McCrimons showed up.
“The fights weren’t daily … arguing back and forth, hitting, and then it was over,” he said. “I heard banging on the wall, she was screaming and he was screaming at her.
“It was a cumulative thing that happened … This was the first time I heard them in a long time.”
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