GLASSELL PARK (CBSLA) — Police were seeking the public’s help in capturing two men wanted in the shooting death of an employee of Rite Aid during a robbery in Glassell Park.
Police said the two suspects were captured on video. They walked into a Rite Aid on Eagle Rock Boulevard on Thursday night and allegedly grabbed two cases of beer and tried to leave without paying.
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That was when employee, Miguel Penaloza, confronted them. Investigators say he struggled with the shoplifters briefly before being shot and killed.
Outside the store, a memorial for the 36-year-old victim was growing. Friends say he was working two jobs just to support his parents.
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“There is nothing in the store that equals a human life. Whoever did this, I want you caught and I want you to go to prison for the rest of your life,” said one person who learned of the death. “Why, man? He was a young guy. He worked two jobs.”
Friends say Penaloza had just given his two weeks notice because he did not feel safe.
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In a statement, Rite Aid said, “we are shocked and saddened by the killing,” and went on to say that it was offering its other employees counseling.