Poughkeepsie PD: Male fatally shot at Courtyard Marriott; 2 suspects in custody, explosive material found
Poughkeepsie police say a male was found fatally shot Sunday morning at the new Courtyard Marriott hotel off Route 9, and explosive material was found in the room of two male suspects in custody.
They say the victim was the parent of a Marist College student as the majority of the hotel guests were in town for the school's Family Weekend.
The Poughkeepsie Police Department received a 911 call of a disturbance at the Courtyard Marriott located at 2641 South Road around 7:30 a.m. Sunday. During the phone call, it was reported that shots had been fired.
A male victim was found inside the hotel and taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.
As of Sunday night, no details had been released surrounding the victim’s identity or age.
Police evacuated the building and searched it from top to bottom to learn as much information as possible about the circumstances that led to the shooting.
Hotel guests told News 12 they dove from their beds onto the floor as they heard gunshots. Within minutes, Poughkeepsie police were on the scene along with state troopers, the Dutchess County sheriff and their emergency response team.
"Some officers confronted a person out in front of the hotel and took him into custody. Another suspect then ran into the hotel courtyard and he threw an item and right after he threw an item, surrendered to the officer pursuing him," said Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department Chief Joseph Cavaliere.
Once they checked the suspects' hotel room, the investigation took a different turn.
"In the suspects' room, there were materials that could be used to make explosives and some manuals regarding how to put explosives together," Cavaliere said.
The American Red Cross was on hand to ensure no hotel guests went hungry while the investigation continued.
Authorities told News 12 that a news conference on the investigation was tentatively planned for 2 p.m. Monday.
Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro released a statement following the shooting, saying, "This is a terrible tragedy and we extend our prayers to the family and friends of the victim, as well as the entire Marist College community. We will continue to provide support to law enforcement as well as the District Attorney's Office as the investigation of this tragedy continues and the responsible parties are brought to justice."