Man Shot and Killed Outside Beloit Bar

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Police search for the gunman who shot and killed a man at a Beloit bar and they think the victim was specifically targeted.

This happened at the Turtle Tap near downtown on Wednesday night.  Police say they received a call about a man lying in the parking lot.  That man was 32-year-old Tony Payne.

“We have conducted numerous interviews,” said Captain Dan Risse.  “We do not believe this was a random act.”

Despite two other shootings at the bar since 2013, the murder still comes as a shock to customers.  Joe Young is a frequent patron of Turtle Tap.  He says he’s always felt safe there.

“This place is a safe place,” said Young.  “There is really good people that come in here.  It’s like family and it won’t change me coming in here.”

A manager at the bar refused to comment.  Police are now looking for the suspect and they are asking the community for help.

“We encourage anyone with information to give us a call,” said Cpt. Risse.

Beloit Police have set up a hotline for anyone who might have information on the case.  The number is 608-364-6865.

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