A murder investigation has been opened after a teenager died in a hospital parking lot.
A 17-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of the 18-year-old boy in Bodmin, Cornwall.
Police said officers were called to an “altercation” on Wallace Street in the early hours of Sunday.
A group then fled, during which the eldest suffered a “serious injury”.
Devon and Cornwall Police said it is believed a member of the public then took him to Bodmin Hospital.
But, despite the efforts of those present at the scene, he died in the parking lot.
Another 18-year-old boy was also arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary, the force said.
Detective Inspector Ilona Rosson said: ‘We were called following an altercation at a property in Wallace Street, Bodmin just after midnight on Sunday July 23.
“It is currently believed that following this altercation a number of people fled the scene, one of whom was seriously injured.
“We believe the injured person was taken to Bodmin Hospital by a member of the public.
“Despite the best efforts of those present at the scene, an 18-year-old man died from his injuries in the parking lot of Bodmin Hospital.
“Formal identification has not yet taken place, but his next of kin have been informed.
“A stage guard remains in place in the parking lot of Bodmin Hospital.”
The police are now appealing for witnesses.
Det Insp Rosson added: ‘We would like to hear from anyone in the area of Wallace Street, Berrycombe Road and the A389 between Cardell Road and Bodmin Hospital between 10pm Saturday 22nd July and 1.30am Sunday 23rd July.
“Finally, we are appealing for CCTV, doorbell camera and dash cam footage that covers these areas during the time period indicated as part of our investigation.
“We appreciate that this type of incident is a shock to the local community. We ask people to refrain from speculating on social media and if you know of anything that could help the investigation, that you contact the police immediately.
Anyone who can help with the investigation is asked to contact police via the force’s website or by calling 101, quoting crime reference number 50230202857.
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