Store worker killed in night market robbery

By KPIX Staff

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BENICIA, Calif. (KPIX) — An employee was found fatally shot at the Rose Market in Benicia late Tuesday night, the victim of an attempted robbery, authorities said.

Benicia police say officers responded to a shooting call in the 2000 block of Columbus Parkway around 10:04 p.m.

Upon arrival at Rose Market, officers found an unresponsive company employee with an apparent gunshot wound. Paramedics pronounced the man dead at the scene.

“Our officers responded two minutes later, and when they arrived they found the clerk inside with a gunshot wound,” Benicia Police Lieutenant Edward Criado said.

The suspect fled before police arrived. Investigators said they believe the shooting happened during a suspected robbery. Police said the suspect left with cash before arriving.

“We are deeply saddened by this senseless violence that has occurred in our community,” Benicia Police Chief Mike Greene said. “We have detectives and all available resources working to identify the suspect.”

On Wednesday, flowers were placed outside the store at a small growing memorial.

Due to the nature of the investigation and out of respect for the victim’s family, police are not releasing any further information at this time.

Business owners in the plaza where the deadly shooting occurred were left shaken.

Leo Powell, owner of Daily Donuts, said the victim was the owner of the place. He allowed Powell to open his donut shop.

“He gave us a chance. He gave us the time and allowed us to get our money and everything together to open the shop,” he said.

He said the victim had been there for at least 15 years and would do anything to help anyone.

Investigators were reviewing surveillance camera video, but have not yet released a description of the suspect.

Police later released surveillance video that appeared to show a person fleeing the area around the time of the robbery and shooting.

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