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Video footage may hold clues in Fort Worth motel slaying

FORT WORTH -- A video camera inside a Best Western Inn where a clerk was found slain early Monday in an apparent robbery captured footage of the shooter walking through the hallways of the hotel before leaping over the front counter twice.

Police released the video to the media on Monday in hopes of identifying the man who shot Michael Myers, 59, of Fort Worth at the Best Western at 6500 S. Freeway, south of the Altamesa exit.

The clerk, who worked at the hotel two nights a week, was discovered dead by a hotel guest shortly before 5 a.m. He had been shot multiple times and money appeared to be missing from an open drawer, according to witnesses.

Police believe the shooting took place about 4 a.m.

Homicide Sgt. J.D. Thornton said the shooter did not enter the hotel through the main doors but can be seen on the video walking through the hallways before coming into the lobby and jumping over the counter. Police are still investigating through which door the shooter entered the hotel, Thornton said.

The man jumps back over the counter after less than a minute in the office but then looks back toward the office and jumps over the counter again, this time disappearing out of sight for a longer period of time.

When the man jumps back over, he is holding something in his hand that investigators believe is money. He then flees out the main doors and, according to Thornton, is last seen heading east in the direction of Interstate 35.

The video released to the media did not show the shooting.

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