[symple_googlemap title=”Shooting Death” location=”Beach Boulevard and Artesia Boulevard, Buena Park, CA” height=”300″ zoom=”13″]
Three robbers got away with nothing after one of them shot and killed a check-cashing business worker as the victim fought back in his car in the parking lot of a Buena Park gas station, police said Sunday.
While security cameras at the gas station captured images of the assailants, police asked the public for help in the hunt for the suspects.
The dead man and a co-worker apparently drove from the check-cashing business to a gas station and were followed by the armed robbers who believed the two were carrying cash from the business.
“Evidence suggests the victims were targeted because they work at a check-cashing business,” Buena Park Police Sgt Mike Lovchik said. “(The) suspects followed the victims to the Mobil gas (station).”
The victim, identified as 24-year-old Maher Yousef of La Mirada, stayed in his car while his passenger went into the Mobil Mini-Mart just before 10:30 p.m. Friday, Lovchik said. The gas station and market are at the intersection of Beach and Artesia boulevards.
“Three male black suspects approached Yousef while he sat in the driver seat of his car. All three brandished weapons and demanded the money,” he said.
“A brief struggle broke out between Yousef and one gunman from the driver window. A second hooded gunman approached the passenger side open door and shot Yousef in the head from close range,” Lovchik said.
The three suspects fled on foot northbound, he said. Nothing was taken and the witness was not hurt.
Yousef was taken in critical condition to a nearby hospital, where he later died, Lovchik said.
The first suspect is described as a black man in his 20s, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, heavy build, wearing a brown hoodie, checkered short, dark pants and blue shoes, he said.
The second suspect was described as a black man between 20 and 30 years old, 6 feet 2 inches tall, weighing about 200 pounds, with a shaved head, possible facial hair, wearing a striped V-neck shirt, jeans and white tennis shoes, Lovchik said.
The third suspect was described as a black man in his 20s, 5 feet 8 inches tall, with a thin build and wearing a dark hoodie, the sergeant said.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Buena Park Police Department at (714) 562-3901.
— City News Service