Man found dead outside New Port Richey hotel

Posted at 10:04 AM, Sep 21, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-21 10:04:07-04

New Port Richey Police say a 26-year-old man was found dead outside a room at a hotel on Saturday morning.

Around 7:45 a.m., officers responded to a call of shots fired at the Magnuson Hotel at 5015 U.S. Highway 19 in New Port Richey. When police arrived, they found a man with multiple gunshot wounds just outside of a room.

The victim, later identified as Jerrell Billy Tomlin, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Detectives originally named 23-year-old Jerrell Rayshawn Marcus as a person of interest.

Monday morning it was announced Marcus was located and volunteers to meet with detectives for an interview. Detectives have now been ruled out Marcus as a person of interest in the murder of Tomlin.

New Port Richey Police say homicide detectives continue to follow up on leads in the case. Anyone with information on the murder should call Det. Sgt. Chris Mellecker at (727) 243-4021.