16-year-old found shot to death in Jacksonville hotel room, 15-year-old arrested, police say

The body of a 16-year-old has been found at a motel near Craig Airport. Police say he was shot.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A teenager was arrested after another teenager was found shot to death in a hotel room early Tuesday morning, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

Officers said they were called just before 2 a.m. to the InTown Suites Extended Stay on St. Johns Bluff Road North where they found a 16-year-old boy with a gunshot wound. Police said he died at the scene.

Around the same time, according to JSO, they received a call from someone on University Boulevard West who said he was involved in a shooting.

Investigators said they learned that the 16-year-old and a 15-year-old boy were at the hotel. According to investigators, the 15-year-old had a firearm, which at some point discharged, striking the 16-year-old.

The 15-year-old took off from the scene without calling for medical attention for the 16-year-old, police said. After leaving the area, according to JSO, the 15-year-old disposed of the guns and then called to report the incident.

Police said the 15-year-old was arrested on charges of possession of a firearm by an adjudicated delinquent and tampering with evidence. News4JAX has chosen not to name him due to his age and the nature of the charges.

The Sheriff’s Office said it and the State Attorney’s Office continue to investigate to determine whether additional charges will be filed in the homicide.

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