Domestic violence incidents frequently occur in New York City and surrounding areas, involving assault, abuse, and homicide between relatives, housemates, and partners. An average of 747 domestic violence cases are reported daily in New York City alone, resulting in approximately 65 deaths each year.
Just last week, a man and a woman were found deceased in a Brooklyn apartment, both with gunshot wounds to the head, in an apparent murder-suicide. Days prior, a Hispanic mother took the lives of her two daughters and husband before taking her own life inside her Union, New Jersey home after receiving an eviction notice.
Details of Ramapo, New York Shooting
On Wednesday morning, police responded to reports of gunfire at a home in the Hillcrest area of Ramapo, New York. At the scene, officers found 56-year-old Jane Doe with multiple gunshot wounds. She was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
The shooter was soon identified as 53-year-old Lawrence Byrd. By Wednesday afternoon, Byrd was located in Stamford, Connecticut. As officers approached, Byrd turned the gun on himself and took his own life. He was brought to Stamford Hospital and pronounced dead.
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At this time, the relationship between Byrd and the victim is unclear. The investigation remains ongoing.
Seeking Help for Domestic Violence
If you are a victim of domestic violence or suspect that someone you know may be suffering abuse, there are resources available to help, particularly if the victims are minors or elderly.
You can call 911, the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline, or the New York City Domestic Violence Hotline at (800)-942-6906. You can also text “WELL” to 65173 or visit https://nycwell.cityofnewyork.us/ for more information.