Four homeless men attacked, killed in New York City
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At least four men who were all believed to be homeless were killed in Manhattan while they were sleeping early Saturday, police said.

A fifth man was injured and has been taken to the hospital with critical injuries, New York Police Department (NYPD) spokesman Lt. Thomas Antonetti told The New York Times.

Police have arrested a 24-year-old man, who investigators believe is also homeless, in connection with the attacks, detective Annette Shelton told CNN.

Police believe the attacks began at about 1:40 a.m., at which time a suspect struck the men with a metal object while they were asleep in Chinatown.

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Law enforcement officers responded to the scene after someone “from an uninvolved party” called 911 shortly before 2 a.m.

They found a man with “severe trauma to the head,” the Times reported. Another man with head injuries was taken to the hospital.

Three other men were found on Broadway and East Broadway with fatal injuries. Antonetti told the Times that police had “tentative” IDs for the victims, who were all thought to be homeless.

Authorities recovered a 3-foot-long metal object resembling a construction stud, the Times reported.

Officials are set to hold a news conference later Saturday morning.