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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The reward to find the person or persons responsible for the death of an employee of the St. Matthews Kroger has been increased yet again.
On Friday morning, the mayor of Indian Hills, Thomas O. Eifler, Sr., confirmed that the city was offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who shot Jack Combs. The announcement means that a total of $25,000 is now being offered as a reward.
"This happened right in our back door in Indian Hills," Mayor Eifler said. "Our people shop there. We need to nip this in the bud and see if we can get this person off the street."
Other entities have contributed to the reward fund, including Kroger, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 227 and Commonwealth Bank & Trust Co.
The shooting happened Nov. 23 at the Kroger on Hubbards Lane and Westport Road. 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.
"If the person or persons responsible for this are interested in talking to the police, they need to do that right away. We encourage them to come in and give us their side to the story," said St. Matthews Police Officer Dennis McDonald, earlier this week.
Mayor Eifler says the murder was just too close for comfort. "We're happy to help our sister community, St. Matthews, with this effort because it affects this entire area."
Meanwhile, the concern is starting to ease with some of the nearby businesses. That's mainly because police are now saying this was not a random act.
Jill Mangold says, "I feel safe here."
Mangold owns Medusa Salon, which is in the same shopping center as Kroger, she feels safe now but that was not her first reaction. "My immediate reaction was it made me sick. I go to Kroger all of the time and I was sure I knew who he was and I did and it is just...it's devastating," explains Mangold.
Mangold is happy to hear the reward is growing but thinks Kroger should do more. "I feel like Kroger should put up more money, it's a very large corporation, it was one of their employees. I feel like Kroger should have done a lot more."
As for Indian Hills, Mayor Eifler says everyone is onboard with pitching in. "If the money makes a difference and brings them forward and this person is off the street, that would be great. I have called several residents and said, we're thinking about doing this, what do you think? And the ones have said we think it's great."
Anyone with information is asked to call St. Matthews Police at 502-893-9000. Callers can remain anonymous.