"my first reaction was, ‘Something’s wrong with somebody'."
A US Indian man shot and killed his 14-year-old daughter and his mother-in-law before turning the gun on himself on January 14, 2021.
The shocking incident happened in the town of Schodack, approximately 12 miles south of Albany, New York.
Bhupinder Singh, aged 57, shot his teenage daughter Jasleen Kaur, and 55-year-old Manjeet Kaur at around 9 pm inside his home.
Police said a fourth person named Rashpal Kaur, aged 40, was shot in the arm but managed to escape the home. Police identified her as Singh’s wife.
She is currently being treated at Albany Medical Centre where her wounds are non-life-threatening.
A preliminary investigation revealed that the shooting happened during a domestic incident.
After the double murder, Singh turned the gun on himself.
Neighbour Jim Lundstrom explained that he was laying in bed on the night of the incident when he heard his doorbell ring nonstop.
He said he heard someone scream: “Help me! Help me!”
Mr Lundstrom went on to explain: “We live on a dead-end street, so the only people who come up here are the people who live here.
“I’ve lived here for 27 years. Nobody’s rang my doorbell constantly holding on like that.
“So, my first reaction was, ‘Something’s wrong with somebody’.”
He checked outside his window and saw Rashpal walking away from his home and towards another house. He opened his front door and looked down at his driveway.
“There was blood everywhere.”
Mr Lundstrom then called the police. Officers arrived at the scene and they were able to follow the trail of blood to Singh’s house.
The two victims were confirmed to have died as a result of gunshot wounds while the US Indian man died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Mr Lundstrom said he heard no gunshots but he did wake up to the sight of a bullet hole on his neighbour’s home, which he could see from his home.
He revealed that Rashpal visited him and his wife three times in 2020 to talk about domestic problems.
Mr Lundstrom told Times Union:
“She’d come here and say, ‘I don’t have any food,’ or, ‘He doesn’t let me go anywhere,’ or, ‘I can’t drive my car’.”
Neighbours said that Rashpal had complained that she could not leave home and did not have a driver’s licence. They said she had asked for help in getting a learner’s permit.
Singh had lived in the neighbourhood for around nine years but did not interact much with his Angelo Drive neighbours.
Mr Lundstrom said that Singh rarely made eye contact and was “not friendly”.
Donna Conlin, who lives nearby, said: “He kept pretty much to himself.”
In 2017, Singh was acquitted of third-degree rape. During his trial, the US Indian man said he had lost “business, money and respect in my community without reason”.
Investigators said in December 2016, the victim of the alleged rape was physically helpless, unable to consent to sexual contact and that Singh was acquainted with the woman.
Following the double murder-suicide, New York State Police stated that they will continue to investigate the shooting.