Police search for suspect in Tucson restaurant shooting

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A man was shot to death at this Chick-fil-A on Tucson's north side. By Karen Hill A man was shot to death at this Chick-fil-A on Tucson's north side. By Karen Hill
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The man shot to death at a north side Tucson restaurant Thursday morning has been identified by police as Tucson resident, 39-year-old Thomas S. Piazza.

Thomas was part of a Christian business networking group meeting at the Chick-fil-A when he was shot and killed. 

Tucson Police Sergeant Fabian Pacheco told Fox 11 News the victim was with a group of people inside the Chick-fil-A restaurant at 4585 North Oracle Road at about 7 a.m. when another restaurant customer pulled a gun, walked to the table and shot the man in the head.  The suspect, Pachecho said, was wearing a bike helmet and fled westbound on Auto Mall Drive on a bicycle.

Police are looking for the suspect.  "The description we have of the suspect is that of a white male, 40-50 years of age, 6-foot-6 to 6-foot-2 in height, stocky build," says Sgt. Pacheco.

Police say the shooting could be related to a civil fraud suit filed last June against Piazza and other business people relating to a real estate and mortgage scam.  "We're trying to determine why exactly the suspect did this and what led up to it."

In the meantime, Laurie Gaetano, one of the group members who meets weekly with Piazza, would rather focus on Piazza's life and, his impact on people, "It's just tragic. He's just one of the best fathers, and I think husband, and just family man. Just all around good person."

She says Piazza was at the restaurant early Thursday because he was presenting to the group members who meet every Thursday to share business leads and provide support to one another, "He was a leader in the group. He was a big part of fellowship in leading the group."

Now Piazza's family and friends are left to cope as police try to find his killer.

Piazza leaves behind a wife and four children.

If anyone has any information, please call 911 or 88-CRIME.