Authorities are searching for a gunman who shot and killed a clerk at a gas station in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Central Los Angeles Tuesday morning, officials said.
The shooting at the Chevron station located at the intersection of Los Feliz Boulevard and Vermont Avenue was reported about 5:25 a.m., Los Angeles Police Department Officer Aareon Jefferson said.
"A male black in his mid 20s made a transaction with that clerk and stayed in the store. Another patron made a patron and left the store," Meghan Aguilera, LAPD spokeswoman, said at a news conference on Tuesday afternoon. "At that time when the store was empty, that original male black suspect approached the cashier again."
Officials said the suspect appeared to be getting ready to make a second transaction, but instead he pulled out a handgun and opened fire.
The clerk was shot several times, despite cooperating with the gunman's demands, police said.
After shooting the clerk, who was said to be in his late 20s or early 30s, the gunman reached over the counter and took the cash drawer, Aguilera said.
A co-worker of the victim told KTLA the man was a new employee of the Chevron station who was a student during the day. He would send money back to his family in Bangladesh.
The clerk, who has not been identified, was pronounced dead after being taken to a nearby hospital, Jefferson said.
The gunman was described as a black man between the ages of 20 and 25.
Police said the gunman fled in a light-colored vehicle.
Detectives were combing over surveillance cameras searching for additional clues.
KTLA's Stephen Acosta contributed to this report.