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Dramatic video shows gunman threatening store clerk moments before opening fire

January 27, 2011 |  8:33 am

Map shows location of Saturday's shooting in purple, as well as nearby homicides, in red, since January 2007. Click for more details on The Times’ interactive Homicide Report. Long Beach police have released a dramatic video showing a robbery suspect pointing a gun at a liquor store clerk moments before the worker was fatally shot.

The video was taken from a store security camera and comes as police seek two robbery suspects.

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.

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.


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Map: Shows location of Saturday's shooting in purple, as well as 60 other homicides in red, since January 2007. Credit: Homicide Report