A man and woman both died, by murder-suicide, today in one of the most public and popular places in downtown Houston.
Police responded to a call at the Marriott Marquis Houston Hotel located at 1777 Walker Street around 3:30 p.m. today on a call of gunfire. Hotel employees say that they witnessed the horrific shooting where the man involved shot and killed a woman and then himself.
According to Houston police chief Troy Finner, a man in his late 30s shot a woman in her early 20s to death before turning the gun on himself.
Finner said the man and the woman arrived at the hotel in separate vehicles but met inside of the lobby and looked to be having a conversation with one another before the shooting.
The woman has been identified as Jenna Soderberg, 27. The police have not released the identity of the male shooter nor their relation to each other.
Witnesses Melina Jara and Peter Maher said they were visiting from Virginia when they decided to stop by the hotel’s gift shop and then heard gunshots. “Five seconds later, we see this employee run into the gift shop. She starts locking the door. ‘We have to hide. We have to hide. There’s like an active shooter in the lobby,’” Jara said. “So we had to hide in the storage closet.”
Another witness, Chuck Anderson, said he was in the Starbucks.
“All you heard was ‘Pow!’ And then the hotel manager came out,” Andersen said.
This is such an unfortunate event. There has been a rise in domestic violence cases here in the country and we're urging everyone to please, stay safe. Nothing is worth your life or someone else's. When things get too heated, it's always best to just walk away.
If you, or someone you know, is a victim of domestic violence, you can get help from The Hotline.org.