Man found shot to death in stairwell of Virginia Beach hotel identified

Posted at 8:40 AM, Mar 12, 2014

Virginia Beach, Va. - Police are investigating after a man was found shot to death at the Red Roof Inn on Northampton Blvd. in Virginia Beach on Wednesday morning.

Police received a call just after midnight about shots fired at the Americas Best Value Inn located next door, but did not find anything when they responded.

A guest at the Red Roof Inn found the man shot to death in a stairwell around 8:30am.

The victim has been identified as 46-year-old Joseph "Jo-Jo" Rodgers, of Portsmouth.

The case is now being investigated as a homicide, but police aren't saying whether the shots they heard earlier are related to the man's death.

Police spent Wednesday morning at the hotel collecting evidence and knocking on doors.

Police say they're looking to see how often they've responded to reports at either of the motels over the years.