A woman from Elmont and a man from Wisconsin were shot to death execution-style Saturday morning in the parking lot of a Bronx motel, according to the NYPD.
The gunman shot the 50-year-old man in the head outside the Holiday Motel's main office around 3 a.m., police said. He then pursued the 38-year-old woman along a walkway outside the motel and shot her in the head as she pleaded for mercy, police and a witness said.
The NYPD identified the woman as Tracy Bennett of Keller Avenue in Elmont and the man as Wayne Hamilton of Milwaukee.
The motive for the shootings was not immediately clear, police said, and the gunman fled before officers arrived. No arrests have been made.
Police did not say whether they knew the relationship, if any, between the victims.
Several guests at the motel, which is located at Conner Street and the New England Thruway, witnessed the carnage, police said.
"She was begging him not to shoot her, saying, 'Please no, don't do it,' but he shot her twice and she fell down," said Ricky Gugliotta of the Bronx. He said he was celebrating a friend's birthday in a hotel room when he heard gunfire, looked outside and witnessed the second murder. "She begged him not do it, but he shot her anyway."
A man who answered the telephone at the hotel Saturday afternoon said he did not know whether the victims had been guests there. He said rates start at $40 for a three-hour stay.
"This man went crazy," said the worker, who identified himself only as Lou. "Usually this is a peaceful place."