- Last Updated: 2:29 PM, June 30, 2012
- Posted: 1:20 AM, June 30, 2012
Police are seeking the cold-blooded killer of two women found shot in the head in a fire-charred Chinatown apartment yesterday.
The women, both Asian, were killed in a first-floor apartment at the rear of 83 Henry St., a six-story building in the shadow of the Manhattan Bridge.
After shooting the women, the killer set fires in the apartment, one in the kitchen and another in the bedroom, authorities said. One woman was in her 30s and the other was so badly burned that authorities couldn’t immediately estimate how old she was.
Firefighters were called to the scene at 10:38 a.m. and quickly doused the blaze.
Both women were declared dead at the scene. Their charred bodies were found in the apartment’s bedroom. It wasn’t until their bodies were moved to the sidewalk that authorities noticed both had been shot in the head.
The women’s identities were not released, and not even the building’s super, Valentine Rodriguez, was sure who they were.
“I never met whoever was renting that apartment,” said Rodriguez, who also oversees several other neighborhood buildings.
“I have no idea if one or 10 people live there,” Rodriguez said of the apartment where the women were killed.
Residents, many of whom spoke only Chinese, also said they didn’t know the victims.
Investigators pulled video surveillance tapes from a hotel a block away. They declined to say if they had any suspects in the case.
The first floor of 83 Henry St. houses a funeral home, and the rest of the building consists of apartments.
“It’s not safe; there are criminals around here,” said Tony Ton, 31, who lives nearby.
Elsewhere in lower Manhattan yesterday, cops said they were investigating the likely suicide of a man found in a trash compactor at a luxury apartment building at 67 Wall St.
The unidentified 23-year-old man was found in the compactor at about 10:15 a.m., and was rushed to New York Downtown Hospital.
An hour before he was found, the man bought breakfast from street vendor.
“He seemed like he was in a bad mood. I said, ‘What’s wrong?’ ” said the coffee vendor, who knew the man as a regular.
“He was a nice guy,” said the vendor, who didn’t reveal his name.