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News Release

Wednesday, April 30, 2003

Media Relations

Suspect Shoots Clerk and is Caught Only on Camera

" Suspect Shoots Clerk and is Caught Only on Camera"


Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department’s Van Nuys Area Robbery Detectives are seeking the public’s help in identifying a gunman who brazenly shot a Los Angeles convenience store clerk-while being video taped on the store’s security cameras.

On April 19, 2003, at approximately 9:30 p.m., a male Black gunman walked into a liquor store located on Sepulveda Boulevard in Sherman Oaks. The suspect pulled out a handgun and after shouting obscenities at the clerk, fired several shots at the victim, two of which struck the cashier in the neck and shoulder. The suspect then ran out of the store firing gunshots at the cowering victim as he fell behind the store’s counter. The clerk survived the attack. Nothing was taken from the store and no one else was injured.

The suspect’s rampage in the store, and the shooting of the convenience store clerk are captured on videotape and is available to the media. A photo of the suspect (on disc) is also available through the LAPD Media Relations Section, 213-485-3586.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Van Nuys Robbery Detectives at 818-756-8495. On weekends and during off-hours, call the 24-hour toll free number at the Detective Information Desk, 1-877-LAWFULL (1-877-529-3855).

This media advisory was prepared by Public Information Officer, Jack Richter Media Relations Section, 213 485-3586.