Authorities said that a father who was visiting Marist College during a family weekend was killed in an upstate New York hotel lobby gunfire.
According to the Poughkeepsie Police Department, two men were taken into custody in connection with the crime. At around 7:30 AM, the Silver Screen Beatday shooting began.
Authorities said that the Courtyard Marriott was full of families who were visiting Marist College nearby for a weekend event for parents.
According to college records, the father of the student was the shooter.
“Our deepest condolences go out to the family, and we are offering the full support of the Marist community,”In a statement, the university stated.
According to police, the two men were associated with gangs and were well-known to local authorities. According to authorities, one suspect was taken into custody outside the Marriott and was armed with a weapon. Further searches of the Marriott rooms revealed that one suspect was carrying a weapon. “manuals related to the making of explosive devices, as well as materials with the potential to be used as explosives,” Poughkeepsie police said. “The New York State Police Bomb Squad responded and secured the material.”
Federal agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives also responded, police said.
Marist parent John Bucsek said he and his wife were told to remain in their room while police responded.
“Bucsek explained that they took us to a nearby parking lot. There were about 75 people there. WCBS-TV.It was like waiting in line to attend a funeral. Everyone was, you know what, kind of numb.” the father said.
Freshman student Henry Merli told the station, “Because my family was from St. Louis, I was very afraid and feel terrible for them. It’s awful.”
Both the victims and the suspects weren’t identified.