Police are searching for the suspect after a Madeira store owner shot him dead on Tuesday night

MADEIRA, Ohio – The owner of Madeira Beverage was shot and killed in his store Tuesday night, and police said the suspect is still at large.

Officers responded to Madeira Beverage in the 6000 block of Kenwood Road for a report of a person shot just before 8 p.m., Madeira Police Chief David Schaefer said.

Police found the owner, a 68-year-old man, with a single gunshot wound. He was rushed to UC Hospital, where he died of his injuries.

The alleged gunman, who may be armed with a semi-automatic weapon, is 6 feet tall, weighs 240 pounds and wore black clothing with a red mask, Schaefer said. It’s unclear if anything was taken from the store, and police are now reviewing the surveillance video.

“It looks like they left in a vehicle,” Schaefer said. “We believe this is an isolated incident. There is no safety issue for the residents of Madeira or the surrounding communities.”

Tuesday was the second time the owner of Maderia Beverage had been shot inside the store. In September 2012, authorities said William Hart shot the owner in the stomach several times during a robbery. The owner received treatment for injuries that were not life-threatening. His wife was also working when the store was robbed, and police said she was thrown at a warehouse, according to a 2012 report by WCPO.

Hart was later arrested during a routine traffic stop at Golf Manor a few days later, and faced multiple charges, including aggravated robbery and criminal assault.


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