Madeira community rallies around family of slain convenience store owner


A sign in the window of Madeira Beverage flashed ‘open’ Wednesday, but the convenience store on Kenwood Road has been closed and considered a crime since around 8 p.m. Tuesday.Madeira police said a man walked into the store, attempted to rob it and then shot the owner Roop Gupta, 68, to death. “Roop and his family have been wonderful people. We would bring the kids here for snacks or candy on the way home from a soccer game. I would stop in for the milk when I ran out. My husband, every week, would get a bottle of wine,” said customer Heidi Welti. Madeira residents said Gupta wasn’t just a respected business owner, but he and was their neighbor and friend.”You felt like you knew these people. They knew you. You would buy the lottery ticket, too,” Welti said. Customers said Gupta was known for selling lucky lottery tickets and making sure teenagers didn’t get their beer in his store.Gupta and his family also lived in Madeira. They lived in a home attached to the store. His son heard his dad scream Tuesday night and called 911.Welti set up a GoFundMe page to help raise money for the Gupta family.https://www.gofundme.com/f/madeira-beverage-gupta-family?qid=68293ae54033c197efc740051bb73515″They’re part of our community, and our hearts are broken for the family, and we’ll do whatever we can to help,” Welti said.The community also rallied around the Gupta family in 2012 when Gupta was shot in the stomach, also during a robbery. He survived, and a suspect was convicted and sent to prison.”The thought that this would happen again and lead to his death is so appalling, so unthinkable. Our hearts are broken for him and his family,” Welti said. Madeira police said the suspect is a black man, approximately 6 feet tall and weighing 240 to 250 pounds. Police said he was wearing black pants, a black jacket with a hood and a red face mask. They said he was last seen leaving the scene northbound on Kenwood Road in a dark-colored vehicle.The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the identification, arrest, and conviction of the individual responsible for Gupta’s murder.Anyone having 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. Individuals may also email ATFTips@atf.gov, or contact ATF through its website here.

A sign in the window of Madeira Beverage flashed ‘open’ Wednesday, but the convenience store on Kenwood Road has been closed and considered a crime since around 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Madeira police said a man walked into the store, attempted to rob it and then shot the owner Roop Gupta, 68, to death.

“Roop and his family have been wonderful people. We would bring the kids here for snacks or candy on the way home from a soccer game. I…



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