Man wanted in NY motel slayings kills self
A music promoter wanted in the shooting deaths of an Elmont woman and her friend outside a Bronx motel shot himself to death after federal agents located him in Florida, authorities said.
Joseph Kernizan, 42, shot himself shortly after he spotted police officers closing in on his ground-floor North Miami apartment building Tuesday, officials said. Multiple guns were recovered at the scene, police said.
Kernizan was wanted in the Saturday fatal shootings of Tracy Bennett, 38, of Keller Avenue in Elmont, and Wayne Hamilton, 50, of Milwaukee, who police said was a Jamaican dancehall artist who also went by the stage name Captain Barkey.
Bennett had two children with Kernizan.
Bennett and Hamilton were shot outside the office of the Holiday Motel on Conner Street and the New England Thruway in the Bronx, the NYPD said.
Police said Kernizan lived with Bennett in Elmont.
Public records showed both Bennett and Kernizan were owners of the home they shared on Keller Avenue.
Neighbors said Bennett was a nurse and Kernizan was at the house all the time playing with their three children -- as recently as last week.
A witness at the Bronx motel where Bennett and Hamilton were killed said she was heard begging the gunman not to shoot.
Court records also showed Kernizan had two civil judgments against him, one in August 2005 for $5,160 to CAVC of Colorado Llc., and one in September 2007 for $5,556 to Midland Funding Llc. Further details were not available.