Two people are shot dead in suspected murder suicide in the lobby of a downtown Houston Marriott hotel
Two people have been shot to death in the lobby of a Marriott Marquis hotel in downtown Houston.
The victims were shot around 3.30pm on Tuesday at the hotel, the Houston Police Department said in a statement, according to the Daily Mail.
‘It appears to be a murder-suicide incident. Further info will be released at the scene,’ police said.
It was not immediately clear whether the two deceased were guests at the hotel. Their identities are not yet known.
No one else was hurt, according to investigators.
Houston Police Chief Troy Finner in an update said that arriving officers found a man and a woman dead in the lobby. The woman was white and in her late 20s, while the suspect was described as a black man in his late 30s.
Finner also confirmed that the incident was a murder-suicide.
‘The gentlemen did come in at some point… shot the female and then immediately shot himself,’ Finner said.
It was not a random shooting, as the man and women were believed to have had a relationship of some kind.
‘Both of them came in with suitcases,’ Finner said. ‘They did have conversations that led people to believe they knew each other.’
A witness told ABC 13 that he heard gunshots while he was on a phone call with his brother and that he saw multiple people run out of the lobby.
‘The phone actually cut off immediately so the first thing I did was call him right back,’ the anonymous witness said. ‘When I got in touch with him, he said (guests) were actually running out of a back door and were outside.’
The hotel, located at 1777 Walker Street, is a popular destination due to its rooftop pool that is shaped like the state of Texas.
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