Police Tuesday circulated a photo of a man accused of gunning down the proprietor of a Cathedral City convenience store during a robbery.
Police were sent to Outpost Market at 68171 Ramon Road about 9:15 p.m. Sunday on a report of an armed robbery-turned-shooting, according to the Cathedral City Police Department. Sgt. Albert Ruiz said patrol officers arrived and found the “clerk/owner” of the business suffering from gunshot wounds. Despite first responders’ attempts to save him, he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Family and friends have identified the victim as 61-year-old Cathedral City resident Chris Sgouromitis, although the Riverside County coroner’s office has yet to publicly name him.
The day after the shooting, community members cycled in and out of store paying their respects to the business owner and visiting a makeshift memorial nearby, the Desert Sun reported.
Police said a man wearing all black clothing sporting a black bandana over his mouth entered the business and fatally shot the victim before fleeing.
Ruiz said detectives are “actively working leads in this case,” and urged anyone with information to call Detective Larry Sanfillippo at 760-770-0306, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.