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4, including a boy, dead in murder-suicide in the midst of custody battle

NEW YORK – in New York City, and daddy who had ranted online that his life was destroyed by a trans-Atlantic custody battle fatally shot his 6-year-old son, his ex-wife and his current wife, before turning a gun on himself, police said.

James Shields and opened fire on Monday night at his Queens apartment in what his father said, was one of the last days of the summer dealing with his son James James.

James Shields Sr. said that his son’s ex-wife, a 47-year-old Dutch artist Linda Olthof, was the increase of Giacomo in the Netherlands and was due to have him there again next week.

Shields Sr. said Tuesday that his grandson, known as Jimmy, was “a beautiful boy”. He defended his son as a ” good man.”

Shields, 39, wrote in an online message that Olthof only wanted Jimmy in the US for two weeks per year. Shields said that there was something “I just can’t accept it as a father.” He put his authority to dispute rant on GoFundMe in April in the framework of the subject “Child Abduction.”

Shields, a licensed physical therapist, was armed with a pair of Glock pistols, and had seven extra magazines loaded with dozens of rounds of ammunition, police said.

He had a permit for the keeping of guns in his home and the guns appeared to be legally purchased, according to the researchers.

A building caretaker saw the bloodied apartment on the first floor through a window while taking out garbage and called 911. A crowd of officers, some in heavy tactical gear, responded to the low, brick building.

The police stopped releasing the name of the Shields and current wife, also from the Netherlands, pending notification of her family. The Dutch government said that she was 38 years old.

Olthof and her son arrived in New York for the Shields of the visitation on July 21, head of the Detectives Dermot Shea said.

Shea said Shields’ neighbors appeared to know little about him. The police were called in last December, when someone heard of people arguing and possibly throwing things around in his apartment.

Shields wrote that Olthof had gone back to the Netherlands during the pregnancy because she could not find work in the U.S. as an artist. He said that the movement forced him to bring “fortune” to see Jimmy as a baby.

Shields complained that the financial stress of their dispute was ruining his life and destroying his second marriage.

“I had the perfect life a few years ago, but it is spiralling out of control,” Shields wrote. “I urgently need any help you can offer.”

The posting was pulled from GoFundMe by Tuesday afternoon.

Shields, a co-founder of Manhattan physio-and occupational therapy practice, described himself in an online bio as a “wannabe anthropologist” who enjoy traveling to new and exotic locations. He said volunteering in a nursing home, at the age of 16 led his career in physiotherapy.

His partner, reached by telephone, declined to comment.

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