83-year-old man dies after being assaulted in gas station parking lot; police still looking for suspect

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INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- An 83-year-old man who was assaulted outside of a Sunoco Gas Station in Independence has passed away.

Gary Power, of Fairview Park, pulled into the gas station parking lot early Sunday morning. Surveillance cameras show another car pull in behind him.

“This appears to be random, not a robbery or anything planned. It was an altercation that got out of control,” said Independence Police Chief Michael Kilbane. “Both of them got out of their cars, exchanged words, and then, unprovoked, the suspect hit the victim once. The victim fell down and struck his head on the parking lot."

The video shows the suspect immediately flee the scene.

Power was on the ground, not moving until a police officer responding to a nearby call noticed him in the parking lot.

“It’s not a way to go. I mean, he’s 83 and to be popped like that, it’s not right,” said Nick Power, of Olmsted Falls.

Nick rushed to see his father at the hospital where doctors told him the prognosis was not good.

Power, a divorced father-of-two, a retired truck driver, and a loving grandfather, was taken off life support Monday afternoon.

“He was a kind man; he was outgoing, a little boisterous, but he’s always been a kindhearted man. He didn’t deserve that,” said Nick.

Meantime, police continue to search for the man who attacked Power.

“To hit him, throw him to the ground and make him hit his head, I hope they catch him,” said Nick.

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