MANSFIELD, Ohio — A 16-year-old boy died late Tuesday morning after he was shot at a hotel in Mansfield, according to the Mansfield Police Department. Police are searching for the alleged shooter.
Officers responded to the Quality Inn, 500 N. Trimble Road, just before 11 a.m. after a hotel employee reported hearing gunshots, authorities said.
Officers located the 16-year-old inside a stairwell. He had been shot multiple times. The teen was later identified as Nayshawn Lovett, according to police. An official cause of death will be determined by the Richland County Coroner's Office.
Later that night, police identified a 31-year-old man named Montels Dupree Holland as a suspect in the shooting.
A warrant for aggravated murder was issued for his arrest. Holland is not currently in police custody and police said they encourage him to "voluntarily surrender himself to authorities to assure a peaceful ending."
Police searched a home in Ontario for Holland, but he wasn't there.
Holland should be considered armed and dangerous, police said.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Detective Terry Butler at 419-755-9791 or 911 if Holland is spotted.
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