A 9-year-old girl in Brooklyn, whose mother and two half-sisters were fatally shot by her father, hid in a closet and cried to a 911 operator: “Dad was coming for my birthday – and he shot people.”
The child’s “heartbreaking” emergency call came amid bloodshed over the girl’s birthday in Brownsville on Monday night, New York Police Detective Chief James Essig told reporters Tuesday.
“She was just calling 911, you know, if you can imagine, it’s awful, 911, saying, ‘Dad came for my birthday and shot people,'” Esig said of the little girl.
“She was crying and crying [that she] “There were no gifts.”
Cops say the girl’s father, Joseph McCrimmons, 46, killed his 45-year-old mother, Rashida Barzi, and Barzi’s other two daughters, Chloe Spears, 16, and Solei Spears, 20.
McCrimmons, who was not the father of the older girls, was then fatally shot in the head.
The girl, who is now without one of her parents, is “definitely confused,” Barzi’s former son-in-law, Hasley Derosena, told The Post.
“Today is her birthday,” he said of the child.
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A resident of an apartment below Barzey and her children at Van Dyke’s Sutter Avenue houses told The Post that when Barzey and McCrimons had been arguing before, “It was really bad.
“[But] there were no words last night, no argument. Just “pop, pop” and after the first pop she started crying. Then there were three more and there was silence, “said the neighbor.
I thought, Should I call 911? “But, ‘No, you’re not sure what it was.’ Five seconds later the sirens came.
“I’m so grateful the baby … was in the closet.”
McCrimons and Barzey have been in a “very rocky” relationship for years, people close to the authorities said, although the problem between the couple was not enough for the cops to intervene, Essig said.
“There were no previous pets among them,” he said.
The neighbor below said she called cops at the address years ago – after hearing a woman above her shout, “Help me!” The result was unclear, although a neighbor said arriving officials were inspecting the building at the time.
Derosena said the antics between Barzi and McCrimmons had ruined his relationship with his ex-daughter-in-law.
“I didn’t support the relationship and I always told her I didn’t like it. That’s why she stopped talking to me,” he said.
Derosena added to McCrimons: “I know he’s always been a little on the sidelines.
“He had a temper. He was not a bully. He had a mental illness. He had been hospitalized before. He tried to commit suicide, but nothing like that.”
The former father-in-law complained about the deaths of the victims.
“If he wanted to commit suicide, fine, but why the girls?” Derosena said, adding: “I didn’t know he had a gun, but I knew he was capable of catching it.
“I knew he would be able to do something like a guy, but not a girl,” Derosena said, as he called Barzi “a good mother … very caring.”
McCrimons was previously convicted of manslaughter in Nassau County, LI.
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He was 18 when he shot and killed a local health worker and father on Halloween night in 1993 – he was said to be angry that the victim had stopped a battle he was watching. McCrimmons served several years behind bars for the murder.
A neighbor who lived under Barzey said the household above her seemed calm – until McCrimons showed up.
“The fights were not daily … he argued back and forth, fought and then ended,” she said. “I heard her banging on the wall, screaming and he screaming at her.
“It happened cumulatively. It was the first time I heard them in a long time.”
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