Clerk Fatally Shot at Gas Station in Mid-City; 2 Men Sought

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Police investigate a fatal shooting in Mid-City on July 3, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

Police investigate a fatal shooting in Mid-City on July 3, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

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Police are searching for two men involved in a shooting at a Mid-City gas station that left a clerk dead Tuesday morning.

Authorities received a shots fired call near the intersection of Hauser Boulevard and Venice Boulevard about 5:38 a.m., Los Angeles Police Department Officer Norma Eisenman said.

Arriving officers found a man at the scene suffering from at least one gunshot wound to the head.

Authorities initially said the victim was a woman in her 40s or 50s, but later updated their description.

The clerk, who was identified as 52-year-old Los Angeles resident Akram Hanna, later died from his injuries.

The owner of the gas station said the clerk worked there for eight years, and only had one hour left on his shift when he was killed.

"It's devastating and it's not just because this is my family's business, it's because somebody who was dedicated to working here for us, especially graveyard is hard to find," Manal El-Khoury told KTLA. "He was doing that and he was just doing his job and he lost his life and its nonsensical."

Police were initially searching for two black men in their 20s who were wearing blue jeans, Eisenman said. One of the men was said to be wearing a white shirt.

Authorities issued an updated statement on Tuesday night that described the suspects as two men who had their faces covered or wore masks with gloves.

One of the men wore blue jeans, the statement added.

Both fled the scene in a newer model white, four door Chevrolet Malibu that was headed eastbound on Venice Boulevard.

At least one of the men is armed, Eisenman said.

A Police Department airship was deployed to search for the suspects, while detectives were looking at surveillance videos for more information about the gunmen.

The motive for the shooting was possibly robbery, according to officials,  but it's unknown if any money or items were stolen from the gas station.

KTLA's Alexandria Hernandez and Wes Woods II contributed to this report.

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