MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) - Two men were found dead inside of a hotel room at the former Versace Mansion in Miami Beach.
Miami Beach Police and Fire Rescue crews responded to the late fashion designer’s former home, at 1116 Ocean Drive, after they received a call from housekeeping at 1:21 p.m., Wednesday.
Responding officers found two men dead from gunshot wounds inside of a hotel room. The discovery happened a day before the 24th anniversary of Gianni Versace’s assassination on the front steps of the mansion.
Police said the scene is contained to the hotel room, and they have launched a death investigation. According to sources, the shooting happened on the fourth floor in a middle room.
According to Dawanna Washington, a tourist visiting from San Antonio, two gunshots were heard at around 4 a.m. when her and her friends were a few feet away from the back of the hotel.
“My friend thought they were firecrackers, but they were two gunshots,” Washington said. “I’m pretty sure of that. Everybody that was standing outside all dispersed and went their own separate ways because they knew what it was. From beginning to end, I was like, ‘I heard it, and then I saw it.'”
The bodies of both men have since been removed from the structure.
Hours after the call for help was made, waitstaff could be seen at the front of the mansion while tourists checked out the hotel’s restaurant menu, and jazz played out of the speakers.
Police have not released a motive or specifics of the shooting.
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