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Suspect still at large in metro-east man’s shooting death; two others also charged

Charges filed in Madison death

Three men are charged in the death of Robert L. Gilmore. One suspect, Kevin D. Gardner is not in custody and is considered extremely dangerous.
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Three men are charged in the death of Robert L. Gilmore. One suspect, Kevin D. Gardner is not in custody and is considered extremely dangerous.

Police say they are looking for “an armed and extremely dangerous” man considered to be the third suspect in the shooting death of a 41-year-old Madison man on Monday.

Robert L. Gilmore was found dead in his car about 7 p.m. Monday in his vehicle at Fourth Street and Washington Avenue in Madison.

The Major Case Squad of Great St. Louis was called in to investigate and police officials held a press conference Friday morning to release information about the case.

Kevin D. Gardner, 26, is the only one of the three suspects still at large. He has been charged along with two other men with first-degree murder and is considered to be “armed and extremely dangerous,” according to Major Case Squad Deputy Commander Mike Parkinson.

If anyone sees Gardner, Parkinson said, they should call police. He noted that the public should not attempt to take Gardner into custody on their own.

Gardner has a tattoo on the left side of his neck with the name “Chaundra” and another tattoo on his right wrist with the name “Micah.”

He is wanted on other unrelated warrants — all are in connection to various gun charges.

Gardner, Kevin
Kevin Gardner, considered to be “extremely armed and dangerous,” is being sought by police in the shooting death of a man in Madison. Provided by the Major Case Squad

Dominic D. Harris, 22, and Eric J. Mason Jr., 26, are in custody and have been charged with first degree murder in Gilmore’s death. They are being held in jail on a $2 million bail.

No additional details were released regarding the killing or the men’s alleged motive. Parkinson did say investigators do believe they know why the shooting occurred.

Police are asking anyone who see Gardner or knows of his whereabouts to call their local police department or 911.

The deputy commander took time during the press conference to offer condolences to Gilmore’s mother, Hattie M. Gilmore.

“My condolences and deepest sorrow go out to the family of Robert Gilmore, especially his mother Hattie Gilmore,” Parkinson said. “To the citizens of these communities affected daily by these senseless, cowardly acts of violence: Your cooperation and solidarity in speaking out to help the police can and will result in the arrest and prosecution of these criminals.”

Madison County Sate’s Attorney Tom Gibbons also spoke during the press conference and echoed Parkinson’s condolences to Gilmore’s family and friends.

“These types of crimes send a ripple and a shudder through our community and they do not represent what Madison and Madison County are all about,” he said. “This is a wonderful place to live, we have an amazing community here with great people. And it’s because of the men and women of law enforcement who are here with me today and out on the street every single day that our community is a safe and good place to be.”