Robber Killed, Shopkeeper Wounded in Gunfight at Santa Clarita Liquor Store: Officials

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A gun battle between a would-be robber and a liquor store owner in Santa Clarita late Sunday left the suspect dead and the shopkeeper wounded, authorities said.

The shootout unfolded about 8:20 p.m. at a store in the 19900 block of Golden Valley Road, just east of Sierra Highway, according to Deputy Tracey Koerner of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Information Bureau.

A man entered the store and tried to rob it, offiicals said.

“There was an exchange of gunfire between the suspect and the victim/store owner,” Koerner said in a written statement.

Both the robber and the store owner were struck, he said.

Video footage from the scene showed deputies approaching with guns drawn as the store owner is seen crawling out of the business with apparent leg wounds.

“(He) was transported to a local hospital with a non-life threatening injury to his lower torso,” Koerner said.

Paramedics pronounced the suspect dead at the scene.

No additional suspects were being sought, officials said.

No further information was available as the investigation continued into the early-morning hours Monday.

Anyone with information was asked to contact the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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