2 Men Wanted in Fatal Shooting of Highland Park 7-Eleven Clerk

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Police have released surveillance photos of two men wanted in connection with the fatal shooting of a 7-Eleven store clerk in Highland Park.

The incident occurred about 10:25 p.m. Sunday in the 5100 block of Figueroa Street (map), according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

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A photo released by the Los Angeles Police Department shows two men who are wanted in connection with the fatal shooting of a convenience store clerk. (Photo via LAPD)

The two men entered the store and shot the clerk as he tried to escape, police said.

The victim suffered a gunshot wound to the stomach, according to police. He underwent surgery at an area hospital but succumbed to his injuries.

The victim was identified Monday afternoon as 38-year-old Gonzalo Perez.

He was shot after one of the robbers jumped over the counter and pulled out a handgun, demanding cash from the register, according to police. When Perez walked away, the gunman fired on him.

In a news release issued on Tuesday, Los Angeles police described “Suspect-1” as 5’10” and 160 pounds, wearing a black hooded jacket, blue jean short pants, black and white shoes, and red gloves.

“Suspect 2” was said to be 5’08” and 150 pounds, wearing a black hooded sweater, blue jean long pants, and blue and white shoes.

It was the second 7-Eleven in the area targeted by thieves on Sunday night, police said.

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The shooting occurred at a store located in the 5100 block of Figueroa Street, Highland Park, Dec. 22, 2013. (Credit: KTLA)

About an hour before the Figueroa Street robbery and shooting, a 7-Eleven was robbed 3 miles away in Lincoln Heights.

No one was injured in that incident, police said. Investigators were trying to determine if the two incidents were related.

Anyone with information was urged to call Northeast Division Homicide Detectives Zesati and Aguilar at 323-344-5744.  During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 877-527-3247.

Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477. Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads), beginning the message with the letters “LAPD.”  Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on “webtips” and follow the prompts.

KTLA’s Melissa Pamer and Anita Bennett contributed to this story.