AKRON, Ohio - The disturbing discovery of a local collectible-toy store owner, shot and killed in the home attached to his business, has police and friends anxious to find his killer.
The Summit County Medical Examiner on Tuesday confirmed the identity of the victim as 54-year-old Patrick J. Feeney.
A friend found Feeney laying on the floor inside the home attached to the business.
In the 911 call, his friend told police dispatchers that he stopped at the home to borrow Feeney's phone and discovered the back door forced open. After getting no response, the visitor went inside where he told police he found Feeney on the ground, his hands bound behind his back with tape.
The medical examiner ruled the cause of death as a gunshot wound to the head.
"It appears that somebody went through some of the property. This is not really an antique dealer, but maybe a vintage toy collector... toy guns, dolls, cards, a little bit of everything in the house itself that he used in the store front to sell," said Akron Police Lt. Rick Edwards.
Edwards said the business, Bernie's Shaver Shop, was established in the 1960s when the previous owner sold and repaired electric shavers.
Feeney bought it in the 90s and started also selling collectible toys.
"We have several people in our department that's known him over the years not. He’s never been in any trouble that I’m aware of so it is kind of unusual," Edwards said.
Neighbors described Feeney as a friendly, outgoing person who seemed to like everyone.
"There was always people coming and going… He just seemed like he enjoyed people and always had people around him so that's sad that that happened. I don't understand why things like that happen," Antoinette Viscione said.
"Just for something like that to happen next door, it’s too close to home. Tt makes me worry sometimes," Satrina Allen said.
The address, on East Exchange Street, is across the street from a busy supermarket.
It is possible that someone could have seen something that can help police identify the killer and may not have even realized it. Akron detectives are asking anyone who can help to give them a call.
"Here's a guy just trying to make a living off selling vintage toys and those kinds of things, and at this point we have no idea who would take prey on him," Edwards said.