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Motel shootout leaves 2 men dead, 1 critically wounded

January 3, 2020 GMT

SALEM, N.J. (AP) — A shootout at a southern New Jersey motel left two men dead and another critically injured, and authorities believe it may be linked to another shooting that occurred there the night before.

Police went to the Salem Motor Lodge in Salem around 8 p.m. Thursday after getting reports about shots being fired. They soon found Isa Hallman, 28, in a room suffering from gunshot wounds, and he was pronounced dead there a short time later.

Authorities also learned that two other men had been wounded and were driven by private vehicle to a hospital. One of them, 28-year-old Kapri Taylor, was pronounced dead there, while the other was flown to a trauma center and was in critical condition, though he is expected to recover.

The three men had been staying at the motel, authorities said, and they were shot as they ran to room where Hallman was found. The shots came from behind a fence line adjacent to the motor lodge, authorities said.

The shootings came one night after gunfire was exchanged through the door of another room at the motel. One person suffered a hand wound in that incident, but their name and further details on that shooting have not been released.

A motive for both shootings remains under investigation,