Police today released photos of two suspects believed responsible for the fatal shooting of Highland Park convenience store worker Gonzalo Perez.
Police released more details of the shooting, which took place on the evening of Sunday, Dec. 22 at the 7-Eleven store at the corner of Avenue 52 and Figueroa Street., that left Perez, 38, lying on the floor with a gunshot wound. He died later at a hospital. The police, in a press release said:
The victim was working in the convenience store as suspects entered the location posing as customers. The victim walked to the register to assist the suspects. Suspect-1 jumped over the counter and produced a handgun demanding money from the cash register. The victim walked away in an attempt to flee. Suspect-1 then fired one round striking the victim. The suspects fled the location. Suspect-1 and Suspect-2 are both described as male Blacks, between the ages of 25-30-years-old. There was no vehicle seen.
Anyone with information regarding this crime is urged to call Northeast Division Homicide Detectives Zesati and Aguilar at (323) 344-5744.
* Update: Family and friends have set up an online fundraising website to help pay for burial costs and bring Perez’ parents to Los Angeles for the funeral.