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Store owner kills attempted robber, wounds customer, police say

Image: Map shows location where a store owner fatally shot an alleged robber in Mid-City. Source: Google Maps

Los Angeles police were searching Tuesday for a suspect in the attempted robbery of a Mid-City business, in which the owner shot and killed another suspect and accidentally shot a customer, who was critically wounded.

The robbery attempt occurred about 8:45 p.m. Sunday at Smoke N' Gifts at 1400 S. La Cienega Blvd.

One of the two suspects  pointed a handgun at the owner, who then produced a weapon and shot the suspect several times, said Lt. Andy Neiman of the Los Angeles Police Department.

The wounded suspect, 23-year-old Dornice Washington of Los Angeles, was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

During the shooting, a  customer was struck by gunfire and taken to a hospital in critical condition.

The other attempted robber was described as a black male of medium build, 20-26 years old, about 6-feet, 160-180 pounds and wearing a dark hoodie, dark pants and white shoes.

Police are asking anyone with information to call West Bureau Homicide detectives Herman Frettlohr or Matthew Gares at (213) 382-9470. During nonbusiness hours or on weekends, call (877) LAPD-24-7.


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Image: Map shows location where a store owner fatally shot an alleged robber in Mid-City. Source: Google Maps

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