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Police: Homicide at hotel was drug related

Published On: Aug 06 2014 09:58:44 AM CDT   Updated On: Jul 21 2014 12:57:17 PM CDT

Kathy King

MADISON, Wis. -

Police said a man killed outside an east Madison hotel Saturday morning was targeted for drugs or drug money.

Madison police said the man killed in the shooting is from the state of Oregon. Police are looking for a suspect.

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.

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 a 46-year-old man had been shot and killed.

"I heard this "pow, pow" like a gun shot," said Linda, who witnessed the shooting.

Linda works at the Mobile Gas Station just a couple yards away from the Howard Johnson hotel. She was helping a customer Saturday morning when she heard the gun shots go off.

"Him and this other couple went out back, and they looked down the parking lot and they saw a body on the ground," she said.

Koval said homicides are rare in Madison, which is why he and Mayor Paul Soglin were at the scene of the shooting Saturday morning.

"We are fortunate that Madison doesn't have a lot of homicides, so when we do we unfortunately experience one like this we pull out all the stops," Koval said.

Police found the vehicle of interest, a white 1998 Infinity QX4 SUV with the Wisconsin license plate number 980WJN, unoccupied on Madison's east side Sunday afternoon.

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