Father kills young daughter in apparent murder-suicide in Coney Island

CONEY ISLAND - The Coney Island community is shocked to learn that a father allegedly killed his daughter then turned the gun on himself Sunday.

Police say the 7-year-old girl's mother tipped them off that something may be wrong at 2311 Mermaid Ave. Authorities say the woman claimed her daughter's father had threatened to take his life. Neighbors say the woman had recently moved out of the home. Investigators are still sorting out the details of the case, but say a gun was found at the scene.

Neighbors say they are saddened by the loss of both the girl and her father. They say they feel powerless that violence is running rampant through Brooklyn.

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