Police in East St. Louis say Travis Heard
, 33, was on the roof of the Colony II Theatre and Cocktails strip club around 5 a.m. this morning when he was confronted by the club's owner.
Colony II Theatre and Cocktails at 4500 Forest Blvd.
Heard was reportedly ordered off the roof at gunpoint and escorted inside the building. The club owner called police around 5:30 a.m. to report the attempted theft, but by the time authorities arrived to the scene Heard was dead.
The owner -- described as a "elderly man" -- told police that Heard tried to flee and he shot him. Police followed a trail of blood some 75 feet from the club, where Heard's body was found lying in the weeds.
Heard's family tells the Belleville News-Democrat
that he was addicted to drugs.
"He had a drug problem, but that was no reason to kill him. He was not a
trouble maker; he was just on drugs," said cousin, Bernard Heard.