Two masked robbers shot and critically wounded a Montebello liquor store worker during a struggle over the business’ cash register on Friday night, authorities said.
The shooting and apparent robbery attempt took place about 10:30 p.m. at Garfield Liquor, on Whittier Boulevard just east of Garfield Avenue, Montebello Police Department Lt. Christopher Cervantes said.
Two people, possibly a man and a woman, entered the store wearing masks, he said.
“There was a struggle over the cash register,” the lieutenant said. “During the struggle, one of the suspects fired at the clerk.”
The victim, described as a man, was taken to a hospital in critical condition, Cervantes said.
It was not clear whether the attackers escaped with anything.
Investigators continued seeking witnesses and evidence on Saturday, he said. A detailed suspect description was not available.
Anyone with information can reach the Montebello police at 323-887-1313. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.