Police believe murder-suicide in lobby of popular Houston hotel was not a random act
Two people were shot to death in the lobby of a Marriott hotel in downtown Houston on Tuesday in what police say was a murder-suicide.
It happened at the Marriott Marquis Houston hotel on Walker Street at around 3:33 p.m.
The two people were found dead in the hotel lobby and police said it was a murder-suicide incident. Houston Police Chief Troy Finner said a man shot a woman and then shot himself.
According to Houston police chief Troy Finner, a man in his late 30s shot a woman in her early 20s to death before turning the gun on himself.
Finner said the man and the woman arrived at the hotel in separate vehicles but met inside of the lobby and looked to be having a conversation with one another before the shooting.
Investigators said they cannot determine the relationship between the man and the woman at this time, but according to surveillance video and witnesses on the scene, the two seemed to know one another.
The identities of the man and woman have not yet been released.
Witnesses Melina Jara and Peter Maher said they were visiting from Virginia when they decided to stop by the hotel’s gift shop and then heard gunshots.
“Five seconds later, we see this employee run into the gift shop. She starts locking the door. ‘We have to hide. We have to hide. There’s like an active shooter in the lobby. So we had to hide in the storage closet.”
While neither of the deceased has yet been identified, it appears they were from out of town; Chief Finner said he had not yet been been contacted by family members.
“I think if they had family members, they would already be kind of down here,” he said. “We have not spoken to any family members.”
The Houston Marriott Marquis, famed for its Texas-shaped rooftop pool, remained open on Tuesday, and was still accepting guests.
Chief Finner said the hotel hires lots of off-duty police officers, but there wasn’t much anybody could have done.
“Let me tell you, something like this… I don’t know how you can prevent it. It’s real sad… it’s a state a lot of people are getting, I don’t know what’s causing it. It’s domestic and it’s some type of relationship. We want to pray for them.”