“Don’t do it! Don’t do it!” the woman wailed, according to witnesses, before the shooter gunned her down outside the Holiday Motel.
The execution-like slayings occurred after the gunman approached the unidentified man outside the motel office near Co-Op City around 3:15 a.m., sources and witnesses said.
The shooter pumped several shots into the man as he tried to flee, witnesses said. The suspect then turned his pistol on a woman standing near a parked Toyota Camry, its motor still running.
“I looked out my window and saw a lady standing there,” said Ricky Gugliotta, who was staying in a nearby room with some friends celebrating a pal’s birthday.
“She was begging him not to shoot her, but then he shot her twice and she went down.”
Cops arrived to find both the victims dead at the scene. The man was 50, and the woman was 38.
The suspect, described as a bald man, sped away in a blue Honda sedan, sources said.
It was not immediately clear if the victims were staying at the motel. Investigators were still trying to determine the motive behind the brutal double murder.
Damone Jackson, 38, was pulling out of the lot with his girlfriend after they decided to go to another motel when the gunfire erupted.
“I saw the guy running around. He was dancing all over the place,” Jackson said. “Then, I heard the shots. It sounded like about 30 shots. It was like two clips worth.”
Jackson said he was about to go to the office to book a room, but his girlfriend insisted on finding another place to stay.
“I was about to check in five minutes before it happened,” he said. “I thank God that I didn’t come in here. I thank God.”
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