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Man killed outside east Madison hotel identified

Published On: Aug 06 2014 10:05:09 AM CDT
Updated On: Jul 21 2014 06:19:47 PM CDT

Keely Arthur

MADISON, Wis. -

The man killed outside an east Madison hotel Saturday morning has been identified.

Police said Robert France, 46, of Portland, Oregon, was targeted for drugs or drug money. Police are still looking for a suspect.

Madison Police Department officials said officers responded to a report of a shooting at the Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel at 9:07 a.m. Officers found that France had been shot and killed.

Madison Police Chief Mike Koval said Sunday that police are looking for a man 30-40 years old, 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall, weighing about 350 pounds. He had very short hair and was wearing a white or light-colored button-down shirt and orange and brown shorts.

On Sunday officers found a "vehicle of interest" that may be related to the shooting. Police said the SUV had been reported stolen before Saturday morning.

“We believe the person who committed this crime was driving a vehicle that is local, that is a vehicle that belongs to someone else in our community,” Madison Police Department spokesman Joel DeSpain said. “Whether or not this person actually lives in our community we don’t know that yet. We have not identified them.”

According to the release, France died from gunshot injuries.

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