Salina Hotel Shooting A Murder-Suicide

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October 9, 2009

Salina Police have determined a shooting at a hotel Thursday was a case of murder suicide. Police said Mario Chavez shot his ex-wife and another man inside the Ramada Inn. Chavez was stopped by police near Salina Thursday evening and shot himself.

One of the shooting victims, 48-year-old Charles Losey, died from his injuries. Chavez' ex-wife, Rosa Gomez, is listed in critical condition. Both Gomez and Losey were believed to be hotel employees.

UPDATE: October 8, 2009

Salina Police say the suspect in Thursday morning's double shooting at a local motel shot and killed himself after officers pulled him over Thursday evening.

49 year-old Mario Chavez reportedly pulled over as an officer discovered a car matching the description of a vehicle that was seen where the shooting happened. Chavez was seen on North Street just east of town, according to emergency dispatchers.

Meanwhile, both of the victims in the shooting are still reportedly in critical condition. Charles Losey, 48, was airlifted to a Wichita hospital shortly after arriving at a Salina hospital. Police have also not released any new information about the condition of the second victim. At last update, Rosa Chavez was listed in critical condition at a Salina hospital. She is believed to be the suspects' estranged wife.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Salina Police are investigating an early morning shooting. Two people were shot at a west Salina hotel early Thursday morning.

Salina Police and EMS responded to the Ramada Hotel and Convention Center at 1616 West Crawford at around 7:15 in the morning. Authorities say two employees, identified as Rosa Chavez and Charles Losey, were shot in a common area near the rear of the hotel.

Chavez, 41, and Losey, 48, remained in critical condition Thursday afternoon.

Although police have not released a possible motive in the shooting, Chief Deputy Carson Mansfield said it did not appear to be a random act.

Police have identified 49-year-old Mario Chavez as a suspect in the case. He is believed to be armed and dangerous. Mansfield said Mario Chavez and Rosa Chavez are related, but was waiting on additional information before releasing more details.

Mario Chavez is believed to be driving a dark blue, rusty 1993 Ford Explorer bearing Kansas tag XSQ261. He was last seen wearing a dark shirt, jeans and ball cap.

Anyone who sees the suspect is asked to call the Salina Police Department immediately at (785) 826-7210 or 911.

Anyone with additional information regarding this case is asked to call the Salina Police Department or Crimestoppers at 785-825-TIPS, where you may be eligible for a cash reward of up to 1,000.00 and are not required to give your name.

KSAL contributed to this report.


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