Standing in his underwear, covered in blood, a struggling artist who allegedly just stabbed his roommate complained to a neighbor about having to find a new place to live.
“I’m not going to have a lease anymore,” the bloody suspect, 26-year-old Render Stetson-Shanahan, said to his neighbor Joshua Cruz, New York Post reported.
Stetson-Shanahan, a psychedelic artist and employee of a fine art shipping company, was crashing with friend and fellow Bard College graduate, 26-year-old Carolyn Bush, in her second-floor Queens apartment on Stanhope Street near Onderdonk Avenue in Ridgewood.
Intoxicated and in his boxer briefs, Stetson-Shanahan and Bush, a part-time librarian and waitress, began to quarrel just before 11:30 p.m. on Wednesday, according to reports. Stetson-Shanahan grabbed a kitchen knife during the argument and allegedly stabbed Bush in the neck, back and arm.
After stabbing himself in the leg, he ran down the block, smashing car windows along the way, the Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown said.
Cruz was doing laundry when he heard screams and started back toward the apartment. That’s when he ran into Stetson-Shanahan.
“It’s the last thing anyone could think would happen,” Cruz told New York Daily News. “He came out in straight boxers. He was on the phone with his brother saying, ‘I’m not going to have a lease anymore.’
“He asked me my name and tried to lunge at me with the knife. I just seen blood on him.”
According to Cruz, Stetson-Shanahan sat on the corner and waited for police to arrive. He has been charged with murder, possession of a weapon, menacing and criminal mischief, according to NYPD and the Queens D.A.
Bush was rushed to Wyckoff Hospital where she was pronounced dead, according to police.