Police aren't divulging much about a horrific quadruple homicide near Albany, New York, other than the victims appear to have been deliberately targeted. "This is not a random act," said Troy Police Chief James Tedesco, reports the Albany Times Union. Authorities have not identified the victims beyond their ages and genders: two women, ages 22 and 36; a 5-year-old girl; and an 11-year-old boy. The children's mother was one of the adult victims, and all were found Tuesday in a basement apartment in Troy. The children and their mother had lived there with her unidentified partner. Authorities have not said how or when the victims were killed, but they have emphasized the brutality of the slayings.
"After being in this business for 43 years, I can't describe the savagery of a person who would do this," said Tedesco, per the AP. He called the crime "the worst we've experienced." City Councilman Mark McGrath said "the brutal, horrific nature of the crime suggests that this is someone who is psychopathic at the very least." Autopsies were being performed on the victims Wednesday. A neighbor says she fears that her friend who lives in the basement apartment is among the victims. "If it is her, I don't know who could have done it." (Read more murder stories.)