An unemployed restaurant worker who killed three people and wounded four others before dying in a furious gunbattle with police was angry over his eviction from a tiny basement cubicle he rented for $119 a month.

Wen Ting Hsu was finally shot to death by police after he killed his landlord, landlady and the driver of a car he tried to hijack during the shootout Sunday night.Police weren't sure of a motive until a New York Post reporter discovered the bullet-ridden body of his landlord, 40-year-old Chung Ming Lee, inside the three-story house on Monday.

Another tenant who had apparently spent the night hiding in his room told police that Lee had tried to evict Hsu on Sunday night from the 4-by-6-foot basement cubicle he rented for $119. He heard an argument, then several gunshots, police said.

About 40 minutes after Lee was killed, Hsu, a 46-year-old Taiwanese immigrant, walked into the Tung Shing House restaurant. Without saying a word, he shot Lee's wife and fled, police said.

Hsu then ran through the streets shooting at police. Hundreds of bullets flew, injuring the restaurant's manager, two police officers, and the driver of a cab.

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Hsu fled into a parking garage and killed a man who resisted when he tried to seize his car. Police fired dozens of bullets into Hsu's body shortly thereafter.

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