Store clerk shot, killed during robbery in Long Beach
Sor Phouam, 53, of Long Beach, was shot about 8 p.m. Saturday at P&B Liquor Jr. Market, at 4th Street and Cherry Avenue, according to Long Beach police Sgt. Rico Fernandez. Sor was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The suspects were described by witnesses as Latinos dressed in black clothing, Fernandez said. He did not know whether the robbers had taken any money from the store or if a vehicle was used in the robbery. Police said they are reviewing surveillance video footage and that the investigation is ongoing.
Phouam's death comes two weeks after Long Beach police Chief Jim McDonnell announced that the city's crime rate was at its lowest since 1971. About 36 murders were reported last year, a drop from 2009, when 44 murders were reported, according to the Times' Homicide Report.
Meanwhile, residents who knew Phouam or heard about the shooting dropped off candles and flowers outside the store Sunday morning. A pink ribbon was tied around the lock of the double folding security gate.
Anyone with information about the fatal robbery can call Long Beach police at (562) 570-7260 or a tip line at (800) 222-8477.
Map: Shows location of Saturday 's shooting in purple, as well as 60 other homicides in red, since January 2007. Credit: Homicide Report