Detectives return to the 7-Eleven where a clerk was killed late Sunday night. Friends and family gather to memorialize the victim. Adrian Arambulo reports from Highland Park for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 23, 2013.
Police were asking for the public’s help Monday to find the men who shot and killed a store clerk during the robberies of two 7-Eleven convenience stores in northeast Los Angeles.
The first robbery happened around 9:20 p.m. Sunday at a 7-Eleven in the 3200 block of Broadway in Lincoln Heights, police said. No one appeared to be hurt in that robbery, authorities said.
Police responded to the second robbery around 10:30 p.m. at a 7-Eleven in the 5100 block of Figueroa Street, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
Employee Gonzalo Perez, 38, was found on the floor of the 7-Eleven with a gunshot wound and later died at the hospital, police said.
"It's very upsetting. This clerk is just doing his job," LAPD Lt. Patricia Sandoval said. "It's very unfortunate that someone would kill him or injure him for money or property. It's very sad."
Police said robbers posing as customers jumped the counter to rob the store.
The employee's family showed up to the crime scene and told NBC4 that he had been working at the store for four months. His family said he was married and had a 5-year-old child.
A man who did not want to be identified said he was among the first to find the clerk inside.
"I saw him laying on the floor, I saw a little bit of blood," he said. "I thought he was having a seizure or had fallen and hurt himself."
Police are searching for two men in connection with the shooting and robberies. Detectives were looking at surveillance footage from the stores to gather any evidence.
The men were described as black males, 25 to 30 years old. Anyone with information was asked to call LAPD homicide detectives at 323-344-5744 or 877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anonymous callers can contact Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).