Police: Antiques store owner shot and killed; stepson charged

Blue Star Highway shooting
Crime tape surrounds The Farmhouse Glenn Antiques and an adjacent home off Blue Star Highway in Casco Township following a shooting. (May 24, 2017)

CASCO TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Michigan State Police are trying to determine what led up to the shooting that killed the owner of an antiques shop in Allegan County.

Police Wednesday afternoon identified the victim as 58-year-old Robert Mark Hill. MSP said his stepson shot and killed him inside a house next to The Farmhouse Glenn Antiques store, located in the 1100 block of Blue Star Highway in Casco Township, north of South Haven.

The victim’s wife was also in the house at the time of the shooting, but she was not injured, MSP said.

“He was a huge support to her. They were good friends, they did the antiques together. I just don’t know how she’ll go on because she really lost her son too,” said an emotional family friend who didn’t want to appear on camera.

Troopers were called to the scene at 7:17 a.m. Wednesday, according to 1st Lt. Chuck Christensen. When they arrived, they found the suspect in the backyard of the home.

Troopers say he surrendered and was taken to the Allegan County jail.

Thursday, 27-year-old Tyler Smith was charged with a count of open murder and a count of felony firearms.

Wednesday, investigators were working to obtain search warrants for the house and a second undisclosed location.

***CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly listed the shooting scene in the other 1100 block of Blue Star Highway, which happens to be in Douglas. We regret this error, which has since been corrected.***