LAWRENCE — The identities of two men shot to death in a South Lawrence apartment building remained a mystery to investigators Monday.

The victims, believed to be in their late 20s or early 30s, were gunned down just after midnight on Sunday in an apartment building at 2 Inman St. One man was shot in the kitchen and another in the hallway in unit 11. Two weapons, believed to be Ruger and Glock handguns, were taken as evidence from the crime scene, police said.

However, a spokeswoman for District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett said Monday their identities “have not been ascertained.”

Additionally, Carrie Kimball-Monahan, Blodgett’s spokeswoman, said she could not speak about any of the details or a possible motive while an investigation is underway.

Lawrence detectives and state troopers from Blodgett’s office are investigating.

There are 30 apartments at 2 Inman St., according to a mailbox directory in the front hallway. The mailbox for unit 11 has the names “Castillo, Peralta, Hernandez and Otero” written on it.

A 62-year-old man living in a first-floor studio apartment was shocked to hear of the murders. Early Sunday morning, the man said he was watching Hercules on his computer. He did not hear or see anything unusual at the complex, where he said he’s lived for two decades.

He said he heard people making references to the murders Monday, “but I thought it was just a prank.”

“This really happened?” he repeatedly asked a reporter. The man asked not to be identified for safety reasons.

The man said some of the locks on entrances into the apartment complex were broken and left unlocked recently.

Others living at 2 Inman St. said they knew nothing of the murders or who lived in unit 11.

One tenant, the father of a young son, said when he’s running his air conditioner he can’t hear anything going on outside or elsewhere in the complex.

“I keep to myself and take care of my family,” he said, also asking not to be identified.

Royal Park LLC of Weston owns the apartment complex from 2 to 8 Inman St. The property is currently valued at $6.3 million, according to city records.


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