A hotel guest was shot and killed inside his room at the Harlem Bed and Breakfast early Thursday, the police said.
Responding to a 911 call at about 1 a.m., officers arrived at the brownstone inn, in the heart of Harlem’s cultural and historic section on West 120th Street, and found a 23-year-old man with a gunshot wound to his neck. The victim was taken to Harlem Hospital Center, where he was pronounced dead. At the time of the shooting, both the victim and the suspected gunman, along with a female witness, were together in the room. The suspect fled the scene. Investigators have yet to determine a motive, the police said.
Scott Kinder, an innkeeper at Harlem Bed and Breakfast, did not immediately return a phone call Thursday morning.
Mary Graft, 18, who was visiting from Virginia with her family, was staying on the first floor of the bed-and-breakfast near a stairwell that leads down to the basement level, where the shooting is said to have occurred.
Her family heard arguing around midnight. “We heard talking,” she said. “It sounded like a bunch of people having a good time. Then later there was the screaming and then someone said ‘Oh my God, what happened?’”