Suspect Charged After Fatally Shooting Indian American Motel Owner Over $10 Pool Pass in Connecticut


An Indian American motel owner in Vernon, Conn., was fatally shot after arguing with a guest over a pool pass last weekend.

What happened: Zeshan Chaudhry, the 30-year-old owner of Motel 6, got into an argument with the shooter’s girlfriend on June 27 after he told her she would have to pay $10 for a pool pass, according to NBC Connecticut.


  • The suspect, identified as Alvin Waugh, 31, joined the argument. Chaudhry allegedly kicked the couple out of the motel and told his staff to lock their room.
  • Waugh reportedly took a gun from his room and returned to the pool to shoot Chaudhry multiple times.
  • Chaudhry was rushed to Hartford Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
  • Domingo Gonzalez, the motel’s head of maintenance, explained that guests of the motel are charged $5 for the pool pass and $10 for non-guests. Waugh’s girlfriend was the official guest of the motel, however, the motel owner charged them $10 because Chaudhry “knew who the pass was really for,” Gonzalez said.

Other details: Authorities managed to find Waugh’s cellphone number and called him, The Hartford Courant reported. He informed them that he ran into the woods and would return to surrender.



  • Police found Waugh between an old Connecticut Golf Land property and a car dealership.
  • He was taken into custody and faces charges of “murder, criminal use of a weapon, use of a firearm for a felony, carrying a firearm without a permit, tampering with physical evidence, reckless endangerment and risk of injury.”
  • Waugh made his first court appearance on Monday and was held on a $2 million bond.
  • The couple had been staying in the motel for about a month.

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