Coroner: Business owner died from gunshots

Suspect in tobacco store attempted robbery  (Photos courtesy: Fort Wayne Police Department)
Suspect in tobacco store attempted robbery (Photos courtesy: Fort Wayne Police Department)

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The Allen County Coroner’s Office has released the identity of the business owner who died Monday after being found critically injured in what police believe may have been an attempted armed robbery.

Antonio Lopez Nino, 44, of Fort Wayne died as the result of gunshot wounds and his death has been ruled a homicide.

Fort Wayne police have released photos of a suspect in hopes someone can identify him.

They believe he attempted to rob the Smoke House Tobacco Outlet, located at 2217 S. Lafayette Street, Monday morning around 9:30 a.m.  It’s not yet known why Nino, who owns the store, was shot.

A customer saw Nino lying on the floor of the establishment through a store window and called police.

According to surveillance video footage, the suspect was wearing a two-toned grey and black jacket. He was also wearing a red ball cap with some type of emblem on it.

Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect. (See photos above)

NewsChannel 15 spoke with several people who knew Nino.

“I don’t know why anybody would do anything like this because the guy helps everybody around the community, he’s a very good guy,” said Huma Lik, a customer of Smoke House Tobacco Outlet.

Anyone with information on this person of interest is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at (260) 436-STOP (7867) or the Fort Wayne Detective Bureau at (260) 427-1201.

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