Man Found Slain Outside Extended Stay Hotel

Police Have Little To Go On In Investigation

A man was found fatally shot outside an extended stay hotel on Indianapolis' northwest side early Saturday, marking the city's 97th homicide of the year.

Indianapolis police were called to the Extended Stay Deluxe hotel, near 96th Street and Michigan Road, a little after 7:30 a.m., 6News' Joanna Massee reported.

Lt. Jeff Duhamell said officers found the body of Mark Nugent, 41, of Indianapolis, lying in the parking lot on the south side of the hotel. He had been shot in the head.

A witness discovered the body of Nugent, who had been a guest at the hotel, before police were called.

Witnesses reported that they heard gunshots before the body was found, but police said they have no information about any possible motive in the shooting. Fresh tracks and footprints were found in the snow around the crime scene.

"I just heard two pop sounds between 7:00 and 7:30, first two, then immediately followed by another two," said Ding Gu, a hotel guest.

Investigators said Nugent was dressed in older Army fatigues and that he was armed with a Taser.

"It is odd that he was wearing the Army fatigues and the way he was dressed," Duhamell said.

Nugent's family is having a hard time coming to grips with his death.

"I just want to let the whole world know that he was the greatest person in the world," said Nora Nugent, the victim's mother. "We don't want anybody to think anything bad. My son never done anything to deserve to be shot in the head."

Nugent's death marked the city's 97th homicide in 2009.

"No matter what number it would be, it would be significantly less than what it was last year," said Deputy Mayor Olgen Williams. "It's still lives lost, but you can be thankful it's not as many as it was."

Family members told 6News that police suspect an acquaintance in Nugent's death. Investigators planned to look at surveillance video, in addition to examining tracks and footprints left behind.

Police asked anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS.