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Reward increased in Taco Bell shooting death

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    A man was killed in an attempted robbery at the Lorain Taco Bell on Sunday night.


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    Bob Gnizak, of Lorain.



The reward for information that could lead to an arrest in the shooting death of Robert Gnizak has increased to $15,000.

Lorain Police Lt. Ed Super said the amount increased from $5,000 because Taco Bell, where Gnizak was shot on Oberlin Avenue Aug. 14, kicked in an additional $10,000.

“I wish we had more information,” Super said. “But this is a slow case.”

Police have said Gnizak, 49, of Lorain was attempting to order food at the drive thru of the Taco Bell when the suspect approached the vehicle from the passenger side and tried to rob Gnizak and a female friend before fatally shooting Gnizak.

The suspect, who is considered armed and dangerous, was described as a black male with a thin to medium build, standing about 6 feet tall, wearing a yellow or tan shirt with tan or khaki pants, wearing a tan baseball hat.

Those with information are asked to call Lorain police at 440-204-2105 or 440-204-2100.

In recent weeks, Lorain has seen the homicides of Kenneth Shinafelt, 31, on July 12; Lani Smith, 66, on July 14; John Whitefield, 53, on Aug. 2; and Kimberley Manilla, 51, on Aug. 21.

The first homicide of the year came Jan. 16 with the shooting death of 59-year-old Corrina Charlton.

Gnizak’s death is the only homicide this year where an arrest hasn’t been made.

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