COVINGTON, La -- Detectives from the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office are investigating an early morning homicide at a motel in Covington.

The fatal shooting occurred at the Green Springs Motel 72533 Military Road.

Detectives were called to the motel after reports of gunfire. Officers found a man dead in one of the rooms, according to the sheriff's office.

St. Tammany Parish Coroner Dr. Charles Preston identified victim as Brandon L. Washington, 32, of Covington. An autopsy determined Washington was shot to death.

Witnesses said the room was empty up until Monday morning, when a man, who they say was alone, checked in. It is not clear, however, if the victim is the room guest.