Coroner identifies 21-year-old in deadly attempted robbery at New Carlisle pizza store

The person who died in a shooting at a New Carlisle pizza business on Main Street during an attempted robbery late Sunday night has been identified.

Gage Melton, 21, of New Carlisle, was identified as the person shot and killed and during the attempted robbery at Papa John’s, according to the Clark County Coroner’s Office.

A worker who called 911 told a dispatcher that two people ran at the employees with weapons, according to dispatch records. One person had a crowbar and the other had a knife or object that looked like hedge clippers, he said.

“They came right in with weapons and tried to rob us,” the worker said. “They’re still in here. There’s one shot and wounded on the floor. One of them ran out.”

Both were reportedly wearing masks at the time of the attempted robbery.

As of Sunday night, Maj. Chris Clark said no one was in custody in relation to the incident.

Another worker at the pizza chain identified himself as the shooter and said he was a lawful conceal carrier, according to dispatch records.

An investigator from the Clark County Coroner’s Office was called to the scene Sunday.

All the employees at the North Main Street Papa John’s were safe, according to Clark.



CareFlight initially was requested to take an injured person to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. The request for CareFlight was canceled about 11:42 p.m.

Part of Main Street was closed, and troopers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol assisted deputies at the scene.

New Carlisle and Bethel Twp. paramedics also responded to the scene.

A crowd gathered Sunday night as deputies investigated.