Update (5:30pm): A police source has confirmed to Sheepshead Bites that two people were found dead at the apartment building. Additionally, a suspicious substance believed to be cyanide was found at the scene.
Cyanide is a highly toxic chemical that, when ingested, rapidly affects the central nervous system and heart and can cause death within minutes. The presence of the chemical spurred FDNY Hazardous Materials units to be dispatched, including at least one marked “WMD.”
Our source said the investigation is ongoing, and they are not yet sure if the chemical was ingested purposely, accidentally or if foul play was involved.
Update (6:13pm): CBS News reports that the victims were a 42-year-old man and a 44-year-old woman. They were found in the living room of the apartment at approximately 12:45pm. A “suspicious substance” was found on the table near their bodies. Our source told us the NYPD currently believes it is cyanide, but will not know until it has been tested.
Our tipster, Gabriella M., told us the bodies were found on the 5th floor, leading to the evacuation.
We are receiving tips about a large police presence at 3030 Emmons Avenue, a large rental building near Haring Street.
Neighbors who live in the building say two individuals were found dead in an apartment in the building at approximately 2:3opm today. As of 5:00pm, there remains a heavy police presence at the scene.
Homicide detectives have been spotted, as well as Emergency Services Units, the NYPD’s version of a SWAT team, and Hazmat units.
No homicide has been confirmed, and at least one neighbor contradicted rumors of murder, saying it may have been drug overdoses.
The floor of the building in which the bodies were rumored to have been found was evacuated by police, according to our tipster.
We’ve reached out to the NYPD and will update as more information becomes available.
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