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Reward increases for information in Kroger shooting

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Jack M. Combs was shot and killed after exiting a door near the store's pharmacy. Jack M. Combs was shot and killed after exiting a door near the store's pharmacy.
St. Matthews police cars outside the Kroger store on Hubbards Lane after an employee was shot on Nov. 23. St. Matthews police cars outside the Kroger store on Hubbards Lane after an employee was shot on Nov. 23.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police are still looking for suspects after a deadly shooting Saturday night at a St. Matthews Kroger, and the reward for information in the case has gone up again.

The shooting happened Nov. 23 at the Kroger on Hubbards Lane. That's where 34-year-old Jack Combs was killed when he walked out a door near the pharmacy at the end of his shift.

There have been a number of tips but still no arrests, so St Matthews Police are now asking for information from the public.

"No matter how minor they thought it was or insignificant, it may be that one thing that we need to help solve this case," said Officer Dennis McDonald.

United Food and Commercial Workers Local 227 is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case.  Kroger had already announced it was offering $5,000, making the total reward $7,500.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Jack's family and our members employed at Kroger on Hubbards Ln.," said UFCW 227 President Marv Russow in a news release. "If anyone in the community knows anything that will help police find who is responsible for this terrible crime, please speak up."

Combs' murder has stunned the St. Matthews Police Department and community.

"They're worried," McDonald said, "They're worried about where they live, they're worried about where they're shopping."

"Mr. Combs was a great employee, he was highly thought of by his co-workers, very well liked," McDonald said. "That fact that it happened to him certainly shakes them up and the fact that it happened there is also of concern to them."

And that's why the St. Matthews Police department is using all of its resources. "All of our detectives have dropped what they're doing and every one of them are working on this case right now," McDonald said.

Detectives have pieced together the last moments of the victim's life.

"Mr. Combs left work at around 10 o'clock, he had parked his vehicle at the rear of the grocery," Officer McDonald said. "He had walked around to where his vehicle was parked. And as he approached, or actually at his vehicle, that's where he was shot."

After being shot, police say Combs made his way back to the front of the store to seek help, but died a short time later.

Police are now looking at every angle, including Combs's personal life.

"That's routine," McDonald said. "We're going to look at everything at this point, from Mr. Combs's background to you know what was going on in and around that shopping center at that time."

Anyone with information is asked to call St. Matthews Police at 502-893-9000. Callers can remain anonymous.

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