BOSTON (AP) – Boston police were searching for a man wanted in connection with the shooting death of a masseuse Tuesday inside a luxury hotel.

Police released a surveillance camera photo showing a man walking in the lobby of Marriott Copley Place. Investigators described the man as “a person of interest” in the case.

Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis said at a news conference Wednesday the 26-year-old New York City woman was found with multiple gunshot wounds to the torso. She was rushed to Boston Medical Center where she was pronounced dead, he said.

Davis said police believe the woman was a victim of an attempted robbery.

Police said the same man was photographed at the Westin Hotel, where he’s believed to have robbed another woman last week.

Investigators said both victims offered massage services on the craigslist.org Web site.

Police did not immediately release the name of the woman who was killed at the Marriott.

A massage table was found set up in her room. Police believe the woman had engaged in a struggle at the door of her 20th-floor hotel room before she was shot.

Lucy Slosser, a spokeswoman for the Marriott Copley Place, said the hotel beefed up security following the shooting.

“We haven’t seen an increase in crime at the hotel so we believe this to be an isolated incident,” Slosser said.

Slosser said the hotel was not fully occupied Tuesday night.


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