Holbrook - (WALK) The suspect in a fatal shooting at a Long Island motel this weekend aspires to be a police officer, according to his attorney.
Stoker Olukin Williams (photo), 24, of Bay Shore is accused of killing Shalece Cunningham, also 24, of Bay Shore at the MacArthur Red Carpet Inn on Veterans Memorial Highway in Bohemia. He was arrested after what police describe as a "point blank gun battle" early Saturday.
SCPD officers from the 5th Precinct in Patchogue responded to a 911 call from motel staff shortly before 5:00 a.m. The caller reported gunshots in a room near the rear of the motel, according to Detective Lt. Jack Fitzpatrick, commanding officer of the Suffolk County Police Homicide Squad.
When officers arrived at the room, Williams fired at the doorway then ran past police and out of the building. Officers gave chase, exchanging gunfire with him in the motel parking lot.
Williams was apprehended in a wooded area near Vet's Highway. He was treated for a non-life threatening wound to his arm and taken into custody. No police officers were injured in the incident, said Fitzpatrick.
The victim, Shalece Cunningham, 24, of Princeton Street, Bay Shore, was found dead in the motel room, shot in the face, according to Fitzpatrick. Two other women were in the room, but they were unharmed. Williams, Cunningham and her acquaintances were in the room evidently for "criminal activity," according to Fitzpatrick.
An attorney for Williams says his client was working to become a police officer. Williams reportedly works as a driver for Frito Lay, has 60 credits for criminal justice courses taken at Suffolk County Community College, and recently passed a test to qualify for consideration as a police officer.
Williams is charged with murder and attempted murder. He was arraigned Sunday at First District Court in Central Islip, and ordered held without bail.
Photo: Suffolk County Police Department