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DoubleTree hotel deadly shooting: Tips lead to arrest of 17-year-old suspect

MIAMI TWP. — UPDATE @ 5:40 p.m.:

Tips led to the arrest of a 17-year-old boy in connection to the deadly shooting late Thursday at the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel in Miami Twp. near the Dayton Mall.

The teen was arrested this afternoon at an apartment complex in New Lebanon, Miami Twp. police Capt. John Magill said.

Charges are pending against the juvenile, whose name is not being released, he said.

Also, Magill said police are not looking for anyone else in connection to the death of 19-year-old Jayren Graham of Miami Twp., who worked as a dishwasher for the hotel.

UPDATE @ 4:44 p.m.:

Miami Twp. police confirmed they have a suspect in custody in connection to the DoubleTree Suites fatal shooting. The suspect’s name has not been released.

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A hotel worker was killed in a shooting late Thursday night at the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel near the Dayton Mall, and police are seeking help to track down the gunman.

Jayren Graham, 19, of Miami  Twp. — identified by a 911 caller as dishwasher for the hotel — was killed, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

“I was outside getting ready to leave and I heard a gunshot,” the 911 caller said. “Our dishwasher was shot.”

Police and medics were called around 11:10 p.m. to the hotel, 300 Prestige Place, near the Dayton Mall, on a report of a shooting. Graham was pronounced dead at the scene.

“We’re looking for anyone who may have information about what transpired there in that parking lot last night between 10:30 and 11:30 — any suspicious, persons any observations anybody made,” said Miami Twp. Police Capt. John Magill. “Part of what may be important about this investigation is for people to call if they think that’s relevant or not.”

Anyone who was there and may have seen something is urged to contact detective Miami Twp. police detective Todd Comer 937-534-4066.

Regal Hospitality Inc. issued a statement following the shooting at its DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Dayton - Miamisburg.

“We offer our sincere condolences to his family and loved ones at this difficult time. He was a valued member of our team, loved and respected by his co-workers. His loss is being deeply felt by us all,” said Rick Dinan, director of operations.

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A woman staying at a nearby hotel says multiple police and medic units were racing towards the scene while she and her son were walking to the local Walmart.

“It’s very tragic. I hope officers and investigators can find out what happened,” she said.

It's not clear what led to the shooting, however the 911 caller said he saw a vehicle come into the parking lot a few minutes before he heard the gunshot.

Police believe Graham was meeting someone in the hotel parking lot.

Magill said Graham had no criminal record with Miami Twp. and they do not know how many shots were fired.

A shooter and vehicle involved have not been identified, Magill said.

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