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Man Fatally Stabbed by Roommate in Harlem Shelter Fight, Police Say

By Aidan Gardiner | May 12, 2017 11:19am | Updated on May 12, 2017 12:24pm

MANHATTAN — A man fatally stabbed his roommate and suffered life threatening injuries himself in a fight at a Harlem shelter where they lived Friday morning, police said.

The 39-year-old man stabbed his roommate, 44, multiple times in the chest inside the Cecil Ivory House at 149 W. 132nd St., near Lenox Avenue, about 7:15 a.m., NYPD officials said.

Neither of their names were immediately released.

The suspect may have slashed his own neck, an NYPD spokeswoman said.

The 44-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

The suspect was treated at Harlem Hospital where he was listed in critical condition, police said. He wasn't immediately arrested, they added.

It wasn't immediately clear what sparked the feud.

"The tragic death of one of our clients saddens all of us and we at BRC extend our sympathies to the family on their loss," said Muzzy Rosenblatt, president of the Bowery Resident's Community, which runs the shelter.

The shelter offers 24 beds to formerly homeless people who are mentally ill, according to BRC's website.