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NYPD Names Suspect In Fatal Bronx Motel Shootings

Bronx shooting suspect Joseph Kernizan (credit: NYPD)

Bronx shooting suspect Joseph Kernizan (credit: NYPD)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Police have identified the suspect in a double murder at a Bronx motel.

The NYPD is searching for Joseph Kernizan, 42, for the homicides. Kernizan is described as 5’5″ tall and 220 pounds.

Police said the shooting happened just after 3 a.m. Saturday at the Holiday Motel on the New England Thruway in Eastchester.

The victims have been identified as Tracy Bennett, 38, of Elmont on Long Island and Wayne Hamilton, 50, of Milwaukee.

Both victims were pronounced dead at the scene, according to police.

Police are not sure of the relationship between Bennett and Hamilton.

Anyone with information in regards to the whereabouts of the suspect is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS.

The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at http://www.nypdcrimestoppers.com  or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

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