Police say two people in their 20s were found dead following a shooting at a hotel near Crabtree Valley Mall early Friday morning.
April Lynn Holland, 22, and Dwayne Garvey, 27, were victims of a homicide, said police, who say they are looking for two men they consider suspects. Police released a photo of the men taken with a surveillance camera inside the hotel around the time that Holland and Garvey were killed.
Holland and Garvey were discovered about 5 a.m. after police answered a call about shots being heard at America’s Best Value Inn at 3921 Arrow Drive, off Blue Ridge Road. Police have not said anything about the circumstances surrounding the incident or disclosed a possible motive for the killings.
A woman who called 911 told an emergency dispatcher that she heard gunshots in the hallway outside of her second-floor room, followed by quiet except for the sounds of labored breathing by someone in the hallway, according to a copy of the 911 recording released late Friday.
The bodies of the victims remained in the hotel until about 12:30 p.m. when the Wake County corner’s office took them away.
Ponce Moody, a 63-year-old cab driver, said he was watching the morning news at about 6:30 a.m. when an officer visited his third-floor room and searched for evidence of gunshots.
“He wanted to know if I had heard any gunshots,” Moody said. “He went looking around the room, for bullet holes in the walls and the floor. That’s when I assumed it was on the second floor.”
Moody, who lives in Raleigh, described the second floor as the inn’s “main floor, because that’s where the lobby is located.”
City bus driver J.T. Tate and his wife were guests at the hotel Thursday night. Tate, 44, said things were quiet when he left about 4 a.m., but when he returned to the inn during his meal break to take his wife to a doctor’s appointment, police officers were everywhere.
The officers asked Tate what time he left the hotel and for his identification.
“I asked four times, ‘What’s going on?’ “ Tate said. “They said they couldn’t give me any information.”
Police had cordoned off the lobby of the inn and led Tate into a side door. After he and his wife gathered their belongings in a suitcase, the officers escorted them out of the inn.
Anyone with information that might help police in the investigation was asked to call Raleigh Crime Stoppers at 919-834-HELP (4357) or visit the Crime Stoppers website for text and email reporting options.