MANSFIELD —  Mansfield police late Tuesday morning were investigating a shooting death at Quality Inn & Suites, 500 N. Trimble Road.

Richland County Coroner Chief Investigator Bob Ball said the body of a male juvenile, whom he didn’t identify, was found inside a hallway on the ground floor of the hotel near U.S. 30.

“I can tell you it’s a shooting. I can tell you it’s a juvenile. That’s pretty much what I can tell you at this point,” Ball said he as left the hotel parking lot.

“He was shot several times.”

It’s not known when the shooting occurred. Ball said he was called at 11:16 a.m.

Police taped off the entire parking lot of the hotel, which is at the corner with McPherson Road. The tape was removed before 1 p.m.

Ball said the body would be taken to Montgomery Count on Wednesday for an autopsy.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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