4 homeless men beaten to death in New York City; suspect in custody

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NEW YORK (KKTV) - Four homeless men were bludgeoned to death during a killing spree in Manhattan's Lower East Side overnight.

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A fifth victim survived and is in critical condition, police said.

Using a metal object, the assailant beat all of the victims as they slept early Saturday morning, leaving bodies behind at three different locations in Chinatown. The suspect was still clutching the murder weapon when officers found him.

CBS New York reports the alleged killer is also believed to be homeless.

It's not clear what prompted the attack. The suspect is reportedly undergoing a psychological evaluation.

Residents living nearby told CBS New York they were used to fights breaking out among some in the homeless community but had never seen this level of violence.