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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - A beloved owner of a north St. Louis market is fighting for his life after being shot Thursday morning.

According to a spokesperson for the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, the shooting happened at Sam’s St. Louis Packing Company, located at Shreve and Anderson in the Penrose neighborhood, at about 8:30 a.m. The store was open when someone came in and opened fire on the owner, who was behind the counter. Several shots were fired and the owner was struck in the face at least once.

Several other employees were in the store at the time of the shooting, but nobody else was hurt.

Police described the suspect as an African-American man between the ages of 20 and 30, standing 5'8" to 5'10" with a thin build, mustache and goatee, wearing grey sweat pants, a grey t-shirt, and dark grey or black-hooded sweatshirt.

The owner had an ongoing dispute with an acquaintance, police said. A man was seen leaving the store immediately after the shooting, but it was not the same person who the owner had the dispute with. However, police are calling the man seen leaving the store a person of interest.

The 43-year-old victim was said to be in critical/unstable condition and rushed to surgery after being brought to the hospital. Police have not released the owner’s name, but people in the neighborhood know him simply as “Sam.”

Nothing was stolen from the store during the incident, police said.

Homicide detectives have been called to help with the investigation.