Charges remain pending against the Greenwood man arrested in connection with the shooting death outside a local restaurant last week.
Marco Antonio Gonzalez, 25, was arrested on preliminary charges of homicide and criminal recklessness Monday night. Police believe he shot Timothy A. Sannito, 52, of Indianapolis, outside the Ale Emporium, 997 E. County Line Road, on March 8.
Gonzalez is currently being held without bond in the Johnson County Jail. His booking record has a Whiteland address, but his last known residence is in Greenwood, Greenwood Police Chief Jim Ison said.
Emergency services were called to the Ale Emporium following a report of a person shot at around 9:20pm on March 8. Sannito was found shot in the restaurant’s parking lot, and was taken to Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital in Indianapolis where he died around 9:50 p.m. The media was not informed of his death until the following morning.
At the time, police said they believed Sannito and another man had an argument that led to his shooting. Investigators believed it may have been a targeted incident, although they did not know enough to say whether the two men knew each other, Ison said last week.
Commenters on social media have cast doubt on this narrative, as many have said that Sannito was kind-hearted and would not be confrontational.
Police have not released additional information about the investigation, instead referring inquiries to the Johnson County Prosecutor’s Office. The investigation remains active and formal charges are pending against Gonzalez.
Prosecutor Lance Hamner said today that the office expects to file charges Wednesday.
Sannito’s death has left his friends and family with a “disturbing void in their lives,” the family wrote in his obituary. Originally from Hammond, he graduated from Purdue University’s engineering program before earning an MBA from the University of Indianapolis.
For the past 30 years, Sannito has worked at NSK in Franklin. He also coached many teams for many years for both his son and daughter, and loved being a father and husband.
“He was a family man and loved deeply,” the obituary said.
Sannito is survived by his wife Karen, two children, his mother, three brothers and several nieces and nephews, the obituary states.
A fundraiser was set up to help cover funeral expenses, and in four days, more than $12,445 has been raised by 55 people so far, according to the fundraising page at Treasured Memories Community Funding.
Karen Sannito thanked people for donating to the fundraiser in a comment on the page. Their family is shocked, devastated and devastated by what happened.
“Tim was a wonderful and dedicated husband, father, son, son-in-law, brother, brother-in-law and a gentleman,” she wrote. “This vicious and hateful attack on Tim has left us devastated. He will be loved and missed by us all forever.”
In an update, representatives said the goal had been reached to cover funeral expenses. However, they are keeping the fundraiser open until March 31 for donations to help his family through the next few weeks.
To donate, go to tmcfunding.com/funds/tim-sannito-funeral-expenses/7649/.
Editor’s Note: An online-only point of clarification was added to note that Gonzalez currently lives in Greenwood, although his booking records have a Whiteland address.