— Tim Mager heard someone knock on door 5.
Seconds later, he heard the crack of pistol shots across the hall from his room at the Seven J’s Motel.
According to Boynton Beach police, the shooting happened about 4:10 a.m., when 45-year-old Neil Rogers, a traveling pipefitter from Trinity, Fla., answered the knock at his door.
Two men — one holding a handgun and the other a bag — rushed into the room. One of the men pistol-whipped Rogers and shot him once.
“I heard the guy say, ‘Call the police, I’m shot!’” said Mager, who lives alone and did look out his window after the shots.
After the crime, the two men ran away. It was unknown if they stole anything, or why they targeted Rogers’ room.
Emergency crews took Rogers to the trauma facility at Delray Medical Center, where he had surgery for his wounds. Rogers, who owns Florida Sewer & Storm Inc., had been staying in the room for two weeks with a co-worker, 36-year-old Francis Renda Jr., of Sarasota, who was not injured in the attack.
Both Rogers and Renda had been working together on a construction project.
Police describe the assailants as men in their 20s, wearing white T-shirts and black shorts. One had short dreadlocks, while the other had long dreadlocks.
The shooting startled some of the people living at the motel, where many blue-collar workers stay while on projects a long way from home.
“I don’t want any trouble,” said, Mager, 35. “I’m only here to work.”
Rome Augustine looked at the motel through a chain link fence. Behind him sat the Leceye Market, where he said he was shot in 1996, running the cash register behind the counter.
“There’s some bad people in this world,” said Augustine. “You never know when they’ll show up.”