“Motive appears to be, right now, just random attacks. It doesn’t seem anybody was targeted by race, age, anything of that nature,” said Chief of Manhattan South Detective Michael Baldassano at a press conference at police headquarters.The homicidal spree began at around 1:50 a.m., when cops received a 911 call about an assault on the Bowery near Doyers Street in Chinatown. Responding officers found two men with “severe” head trauma, Baldassano said.
One of the men was pronounced dead at the scene, while another was taken to NewYork-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital hospital in critical condition, officials said. He was being interviewed by police Saturday to help identify his alleged attacker, who sources identified to The Post as Rodriguez “Randy” Santos. Santos — also believed to be homeless—has 14 past arrests, including an assault charge from May, the sources said.