Clerk Shot, Killed During Robbery at 7-Eleven in Highland Park

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A search was underway Monday for the gunmen who shot and killed a clerk during a robbery at a 7-Eleven in Highland Park, authorities 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: On Scene Video)

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

Two men in their 20s 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.

The two robbers were described as black males between the ages of 25 and 30. No vehicle was seen, police said.

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First responders on the scene of the shooting. (Credit: On Scene Video)

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

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.

Police planned to review surveillance video from both locations to help them track down the gunmen.

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 contributed to this story.

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