Man and Woman Shot to Death Outside Bronx Motel
EASTCHESTER — A man and woman were shot to death outside a
Wayne Hamilton, 50, of
Two men who said they were friends with
"I saw him last night at Memories playing dominoes," said Oneil Taylor, of the
The other friend, a shuttle driver who didn't want his name used, said he had picked up the victim yesterday from the airport and brought him to the
Witnesses who were partying in a motel room upstairs, said they overheard four to five gunshots break out, 1010 WINS reported, before running to see what was happening.
"It looked like she was like, begging him not to shoot her," said Ricky G., who was celebrating his friend's birthday upstairs. "But then he shot her twice," he told 1010 WINS, speaking about an unknown shooter.
Augustine Mawugbe, 45, said he was asleep in his room when he heard the shootings.
"I was sleeping, I heard the gun shots — boom boom boom," said Mawugbe. Looking outside the window, he saw a tall man in a brown polo shirt doing the shooting, he said. "He jumped into the car and drove away. He drove fast," he added. He said the man fired about ten times, and got into a light green Toyota Camry or Ford Taurus.
"What I saw was serious man. I was shaking," he said.
Friends described seeing
"My friend called me last night around 11 o'clock," said Demus, referring to
"I said 'I can't believe that, man.' It was like [a shock] in my heart." He said
Police said Sunday that they were looking for Joseph Kirnizan, 42, believing that he’s the man who best matches witness descriptions of the incident. He’s described as roughly 5-foot-5 and weighing 220 pounds, police said.
The suspected shooter had been an ex-lover of Bennett's, according to the NY Daily News, and she had an order of protection out against him.
The News also reported that the two had luggage in the hotel, and were attacked as they were exiting their room.
Reviews on Yelp.com and Google ranged from "excellent" describing "clean and comfortable" rooms to "poor", with complaints it catered to a trucking crowd, was "seedy" and several posts mentioned prostitution.
"This is a quiet place," said a front desk worker at the hotel named Lou, who did not want his last name used. Police had just let him in at 12:45 p.m Sunday, and he said he did not know if the victms had been staying at the hotel.
The motel rents rooms for as little as $40 for daytime hours or a three-hour block, according to posted rates.
A white sedan was removed from the hotel parking lot Saturday afternoon by an NYPD tow truck.
Police said an investigation was ongoing. Neither victim's identity had been released Saturday afternoon, pending family notification.