McCarrel II, 23, lived on Eastbrook Drive North in Franklin Township. He was not employed by the state, Cvetan said.
"We don't have any evidence to know the reason why he did it," Cvetan said.
Posted on his Facebook page shortly after 3 p.m., however, was "My demons won today. I'm sorry."
No one witnessed McCarrel shoot himself. He was seen on the Statehouse grounds just moments before the gunshot, Cvetan said.
S. High Street was shut down for a short time and then the sidewalk in front of the Statehouse, and the COTA bus stop, were closed for the investigation.
If you or someone you know is considering suicide, call Franklin County Suicide Prevention Hotline at 614-221-5445; the Teen Suicide Prevention Hotline, 614-294-3300; or the Lifeline national organization for suicide prevention, 1-800-273-8255.
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Ohio BLM Activist MarShawn McCarrel II Commits Suicide Outside Statehouse: Report
The 23-year-old reportedly shot and killed himself around 6 p.m. Monday after posting a cryptic message on Facebook.
By: Stephen A. Crockett Jr.
Posted: Feb. 9 2016 1:09 PM
Around 3 p.m. Monday, a cryptic message was left on the Facebook page of Ohio Black Lives Matter activist MarShawn M. McCarrel II: "My demons won today. I'm sorry."
Around 6 p.m. that day, McCarrel's body was found outside the front door of the Ohio Statehouse, the Columbus Dispatch reports. It's believed that McCarrel died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, although no one witnessed the shooting. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The 23-year-old activist was instrumental in organizing protests in Ohio after the death of Ferguson, Mo., teenager Michael Brown in 2014.
According to the New York Daily News, McCarrel founded the "youth mentorship program Pursuing Our Dreams, which launched Feed the Streets, a project to help Ohio's homeless." Earlier this year, McCarrel was named one of Radio One's Hometown Champions, an award given to community activists.
"He is selfless and will give his last in order to make sure others don't go without," read a nomination page for the Hometown Champions Award. "MarShawn has come so far in life and has inspired so many people to help others."
On Friday, McCarrel attended the NAACP Image Awards with his mother, according to the Daily News.
Before his death, McCarrel posted a series of tweets. One read, "Let the record show that I pissed on the state house before I left." In another he said, "If we don't have to live through hell just to get to heaven. I'ma stay right here with you."