Indian motel owner shot dead by homeless in North Carolina.

Written on 01/16/2024
Asia91 Team

In Newport, North Carolina, a distressing incident at the Hostess House motel resulted in the death of its 46-year-old Indian-origin owner, Satyen Naik, and the perpetrator, 59-year-old Troy Kellum. Naik was shot outside his motel by Kellum, a homeless man who had been trespassing and later barricaded himself in one of the rooms.


The Newport Police Department received a call about the trespassing incident, which escalated to a reported shooting. Responding to the emergency, both the local police and Carteret County Sheriff's Office found Naik critically injured. Despite being rushed to the hospital, he did not survive his injuries.


The motel, a family-run establishment operated by Naik and his family, became the site of a tense standoff. Police efforts to negotiate with Kellum, who was holed up in the room, were unsuccessful. Ultimately, Kellum took his own life as the Special Response Team made their entry after prolonged negotiations.


Satyen Naik was from Sonwadi village in Gandevi taluka of Navsari district


Kellum, who had a history of legal issues and was on probation for a previous offense, had been using the motel and other local buildings as makeshift shelters. This incident has shocked the local Desi Indian community, and they are mourning the loss of a well-known local businessman.