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Men Sought in Deadly Buena Park Gas Station Shooting

Three men in their 20s are wanted in connection with the shooting death of a man in the parking lot of a Buena Park gas station, police said Saturday after reviewing surveillance images.

The victim, identified as 24-year-old Maher Yousef of La Mirada, was found at 10:30 p.m. Friday near a car at a Mobil Mini-Mart and gas station at the intersection of Beach and Artesia boulevards, according to Sgt. Mike Lovchik with the Buena Park Police Department.

Police were looking into the possibility that Yousef may have been targeted by three men. Youself worked at a check cashing business a few blocks from the gas station.

"Three male black suspects approached Yousef while he sat in the driver seat of his car. All three brandished weapons and demanded the money,'' he said.

"A brief struggle broke out between Yousef and one gunman from the driver window. A second hooded gunman approached the passenger side open door and shot Yousef in the head from close range,'' Lovchik said.

The three suspects fled on foot northbound, he said. Nothing was taken and the witness was not hurt.

Yousef was taken in critical condition to a nearby hospital, where he later died, Lovchik said.

The first suspect is described as a black man in his 20s, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, heavy build, wearing a brown hoodie, checkered short, dark pants and blue shoes, he said.

The second suspect was described as a black man between 20 and 30 years old, 6 feet 2 inches tall, weighing about 200 pounds, with a shaved head, possible facial hair, wearing a striped V-neck shirt, jeans and white tennis shoes, Lovchik said.

The third suspect was described as a black man in his 20s, 5 feet 8 inches tall, with a thin build and wearing a dark hoodie, the sergeant said.

Police urged anyone with information about the shooting to call Buena Park police at 714-562-3901.

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