Medellin hostels 'shocked' by US tourist shooting .
Friday, 27 April 2012 14:52
Hostel workers in Colombia's second city Medellin have expressed their shock at the fatal shooting of a U.S. tourist Tuesday night.
An anonymous source told Colombia Reports, "Everything seems sad and strange. We are slightly in shock."
Hostel worker Pilar Piedrita told Colombia Reports that owners had asked police for extra security after three people entered El Tamarindo hostel in El Poblado, a wealthy part of the city, and shot dead 58-year-old native New Yorker Dennis Levy following a dispute.
In a statement sent to Colombia Reports, Medellin Police Commander Yesid Prada said, "two women and one man were robbing the hostel. They were asking the staff for money. This was around 12:50 am. (Levy) saw the robbery and intervened in the situation. Unfortunately one of the criminals was carrying a firearm and shot (Levy) in the upper abdomen. He died two hours later after receiving medical attention at a local hospital."