Poughkeepsie Shooting at Hotel Near Marist College Kills 1 – NBC New York

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BREAKING UPDATE: The two men in custody in connection with the deadly Poughkeepsie hotel shooting that killed a relative of a Marist College student on Sunday are being investigated for an earlier robbery and murder, three law enforcement sources with direct knowledge of the investigation said Monday.

The sources identified the two as Roy Johnson Jr. and Devin Taylor. Taylor is believed to be the Courtyard Marriott shooter, the sources said, and is also suspected of being the shooter in the earlier case. No details about the earlier case were immediately available. More information is expected to be shared at a press conference Monday afternoon.

EARLIER: The man there reportedly opened fire in the lobby of a New York hotel, killing a relative of a Marist College student who had been in town for “Family Weekend.” had a Glock switch on his gun that made it fully automatic, and another weapon was discovered in his room, a senior law enforcement official said early Monday.

The official also said the victim was an innocent bystander. The person’s identity has not been released.

Glock switches are illegal and essentially turn semi-automatic pistols into fully-functioning automatics, which federal law classifies as machine guns. The official says the firearm believed to have been used in the shooting was found on the roof of the suspect’s car, while the ghost gun was found in his room at The Courtyard by Marriott in Poughkeepsie.

The suspected shooter, who has not been identified, also had a 30-round high-capacity magazine in his possession, the official said. He is one of two men in custody in the case.

A search warrant was executed late Sunday into early Monday and was expected to cover their vehicle, which investigators believed may have contained Tannerite, which is used in long-range target practice and explodes on impact, according to the senior law enforcement official. More details are expected later Monday.


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This is the ghost gun found in the room, says a senior police official.

It is not clear why Tannerite may have been in the vehicle or what they may have had to do with another firearm, flashbangs and materials used to make explosives“, which the official said, had been found in their hotel room.

According to the preliminary investigation, the shooter had gone down to the hotel lobby to get coffee on Sunday and got into an argument with some hotel staff and others, the senior law enforcement official said. He took out the gun and fired, killing the victim.

The senior law enforcement official had said the two suspects were in a hotel room smoking a PCP-like substance before.

The chaos unfolded over a number of hours at the Marriott on South Road, with officers first responding to the scene at

Manuals related to making explosive devices were also found in the room, Police Chief Joseph Cavaliere said.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is assisting in the investigation. State police also responded, although authorities stressed there was no active threat to the public.

The shooting happened in the middle of Marist’s “Family Weekend,” where students and families were invited to participate in three days of activities, including a football game, tailgating and picnic on the waterfront.

Marist College acknowledged the tragedy in an email to students on Sunday.

“This morning, authorities alerted us to the tragic, fatal shooting of a family member of a Marist student at a local hotel several miles from campus,” the college wrote. “Our deepest sympathies go out to the family and we offer the full support of the Marist community.”

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