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Police: home invasion victim targeted

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Police in northwest Ohio are searching for three suspects in the shooting death of a business owner during a weekend home invasion.

Lucas County Sheriff John Tharp identified the victim of Saturday morning's attack as homeowner James Safadi, 34, of Waterville Township near Toledo.

Authorities said he apparently was an intended robbery victim.

According to The (Toledo) Blade (, Safadi and his family own several carryout stores in the Toledo area.

Jeff Kozak, a detective with the Lucas County Sheriff's Office, said the victim was shot in the chest with a handgun.

Police and sheriff's deputies arrived at the home after Safadi's girlfriend, who was unharmed, locked herself in a bathroom of the home once the intruders left and called 911, Kozak said.

The incident did not appear to be random and Safadi was likely targeted, Kozak said, but it was unclear whether he knew his assailants.

Authorities were searching for three suspects who were dressed in black and wearing masks.

The Blade said the victim's Facebook page identified him as a graduate of John Glenn High School in Westland, Mich., and said he had studied at Central Michigan University.

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