Person of interest in BC homicide questioned in Illinois

An undated courtesy photo of Brian Zanetti.

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WOOD) — Police in Illinois have found a person of interest in the fatal shooting of a man in Battle Creek.

Brian Zanetti was arrested Saturday in Illinois on unrelated charges, according to a Battle Creek Police Department news release. He was named a person of interest in the shooting death of 63-year-old Frank Zanetti at Battle Creek Tile & Mosaic Co., Inc. in the Urbandale neighborhood Friday morning.

Police at the scene of a fatal shooting at Battle Creek Tile & Mosaic Co., Inc on May 5, 2017.

Brian Zanetti, a relative of the victim, is being questioned by detectives in Illinois, in cooperation with BCPD, the release said. So far, he has not been described as a suspect in the case; merely a person of interest.

Investigators say the shooter entered the business, asked specifically for Frank Zanetti and then shot him in the head at point-blank range. It happened in the back of the store, police said. Zanetti died at the scene.

Saturday, police said the suspect remained at large.

He is described as a white male who is approximately 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a teal hoodie, a teal baseball cap and had a blue bandana over his face, according to police.

The case remains under investigation. Anyone with information on the suspect’s whereabouts is asked to call 911, the Battle Creek Police Department at 269.966.3375 or Silent Observer at 269.781.9700.

An undated photo of Frank Zanetti.

According to Frank Zanetti’s online obituary, visitation is scheduled for 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Richard A. Henry Funeral Home. His funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Jerome Catholic Church in Battle Creek. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Leila Arboretum or the St. Jerome Building Fund.