It happened around 9 a.m. at the Knights Inn hotel in the 3800 block on New Bern Avenue.
Police tell ABC11 that a "lone male suspect" shot a man, took his money, and then fled the scene in a blue BMW or Volvo.
Witnesses who called 911 reported hearing the shot.
"I was in the office, so I went outside to get a drink, and I just heard a gunshot, and so I looked down, and I saw people running," said a caller.
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Police identified the shooting victim as 27-year-old Lenin Alvaringa. His injuries were described as serious.
Detectives also released a surveillance photo of the alleged shooter. He is described as a black male who stands about 5 feet 10-11 inches tall and has a thin build.
Anyone who recognizes the suspect or who has other information that might assist the investigation of the incident is asked to call Raleigh CrimeStoppers at (919) 834-HELP or visit raleighcrimestoppers.org for text and email reporting options. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for anonymous tips that help solve cases.
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