Murder-suicide at TownePlace Suites at Marriott, ST. LUCIE, Fla
ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Authorities are investigating after a 32-year-old woman shot and killed her 4-year-old child inside a hotel room on Saturday before taking her own life.
The Port St. Lucie Police Department released new information Monday about the weekend incident, saying the woman and child — along with a 28-year-old man — checked into a room together at the TownePlace Suites at Marriott, located at 10460 Southwest Village Parkway, on Jan. 19.
The trio were from Miami and had no known connections to Port St. Lucie. Police said the man went to get breakfast on Saturday morning, and when he returned to the hotel room, the door was locked and the woman was not answering.
Hotel staffers called 911 about 12:15 p.m. and Port St. Lucie police officers responded to the hotel. On arrival, officers tried to open the door, they found the interior security lock was engaged and a refrigerator and sofa were blocking the door.
Officers eventually forced their way into the room and found the woman and child deceased on the bed. The 4-year-old had been shot twice, and the woman died from a single self-inflicted gunshot wound.
A 9mm handgun was found in the room. Police said a motive is unknown at this time. The names of the three individuals have not been released.
If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide, call 211 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.