Madeira store owner killed also shot during 2012 armed robbery

Madeira store owner shot, killed during apparent robbery

MADEIRA, Ohio (FOX19) - The Hamilton County Coroner’s Office has released the name of the Madeira store owner fatally shot during a robbery Tuesday night.

Roop Chand Gupta, 68, died shortly after he was taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center, a coroner’s report shows.

The shooting was reported at Madeira Beverage on Kenwood Road about 7:45 p.m.

The suspect shot the owner with a shotgun, according to Madeira police.

He fled in a vehicle and remains at large this morning and is described as six feet tall and 240 pounds. He wore all black clothing and a red face mask, police say.

Police released this surveillance image from inside the store.

Police released this image of the suspect in the Madeira Beverage shooting.
Police released this image of the suspect in the Madeira Beverage shooting. (Source: Madeira Police Department)

Madeira Police Chief David Schaefer said Tuesday he believes this is an isolated incident and that there are no safety concerns for Madeira or the surrounding communities.

The business owner lives in an attached house with his wife.

Gupta had been previously shot during another armed robbery at his store in 2012.

Police said during that robbery, a suspect came into the store and demanded money from him and his wife. He and the suspect argued and the suspect shot him multiple times in the stomach. The suspect fled from the store northbound on Kenwood.

William Hart was indicted on several charges for the armed robbery of Madeira Beverage including aggravated robbery and felonious assault.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has announced a $10,000 reward for information leading to the identification, arrest, and conviction of the individual responsible for the murder of Gupta.

Anyone with information about this incident should contact ATF at 1-888-ATF-TIPS (888-283-8477) or LT. Paul Phillips of the Madeira Police Department at 513-272-4214.

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