Columbus police investigating murder

The body of 19-year-old Mercer Gadsden was found early this morning at a house on Forrest Road in Columbus.

Police are investigating it as a murder.

Coroner Bill Thrower confirmed Mercer had been shot with a gun. He pronounced Gadsden dead at 2:37 a.m., citing the cause of death as gunshot wounds to the chest and right thigh.

The body has been sent to the crime lab in Atlanta for autopsy.

-- Staff writer Alan Riquelmy contributed to this report