Police are investigating a murder after a man’s body was found overnight in a Maple Heights park.

Police and paramedics were called to Stafford Park, near the intersection of  Auburn Avenue and Maple Heights Boulevard, just after 2:30 a.m. Tuesday after a caller reported a person on the ground.

The man’s body was found behind a snack shack in the park. He was suffering from a gunshot wound, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The victim has not been identified. Police say he was a young African-American male with a slim build, facial hair, and close-cut hair. He was found wearing beige pants, a white shirt, camouflage tennis shoes, and a blue hooded zip-up jacket underneath a blue nylon jacket. He appeared to be about 5 feet 10 inches tall to 6 feet tall.

Maple Heights police and investigators from Ohio BCI are continuing their investigation.

Anyone with information related to this case should contact the Maple Heights Police Department.

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