Dad killed while visiting Marist student for family weekend identified as Paul Kutz

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Dad killed while visiting Marist student for family weekend identified as Paul Kutz
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The father who was shot by a stray bullet while visiting his child during family weekend at Marist College upstate was a 53-year-old CPA from Long Island.

Paul Kutz, first identified by the Poughkeepsie Journal, was killed while standing in the lobby of a local Courtyard Marriott on Sunday morning.

The father-of-three was hit in the chest and torso by bullets fired during a fight between two homeless people inside the hotel.

Two male suspects were staying at the hotel and were arrested at the scene. Both have criminal records.

Roy Johnson Jr., 35 – who is charged with pulling the trigger – has been charged with second-degree murder and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, according to the Journal.

Johnson had been arguing with hotel workers and others in the lobby when he opened fire, hitting Kutz in what a senior law enforcement official called “a random act” , according to the local NBC-TV affiliate.

He allegedly used a handgun that was modified with a Glock switch that made it fully automatic and fired more than two dozen rounds, the station reported.

Paul Kutz was killed while standing in the lobby of a local Courtyard Marriott on Sunday morning.
Facebook/Nathalie Kutz
Paul Kutz
Kutz was a 53-year-old CPA from Long Island.
Facebook/Nathalie Kutz

Devin Taylor, 26, was also arrested for second degree felony possession of a weapon for carrying a loaded rifle without a serial number, the Journal reported.

Investigators searched the hotel room the men shared and found materials that could be used to make explosives as well as bomb-making manuals.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is investigating. Authorities believe there is no threat to the public at this time.

Paul Kutz
The father of three was shot in the chest and torso.
Facebook/Nathalie Kutz
Heavily Armed Police Are Seen Responding To A Shooting At The Courtyard Marriott Hotel In Poughkeepsie
Heavily armed police respond to the shooting at the Courtyard Marriott hotel in Poughkeepsie.
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The suspects had smoked a PCP-like substance in their bedroom before the shooting, the senior official told NBC.

Marist College confirmed the death of the student’s parent on Monday.

“We were notified yesterday morning by authorities of the tragic shooting death of a parent of a Marist student at a local hotel several miles from campus,” a Marist spokesperson said in a statement obtained by The Post.

“Our deepest condolences go out to the family and we offer the full support of the Marist community. We remain in contact with local authorities and will keep our community informed of any updates.

The shooting took place as the school celebrated Family Weekend, during which students are encouraged to invite their families over for sports, entertainment and other activities.

New York Post

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