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Arrest made in Long Beach convenience store killing

October 19, 2011 | 11:05 pm

Long Beach murder case
A man has been arrested in connection with the slaying of a 53-year-old store clerk during a Long Beach convenience store robbery, police said Wednesday.

Two men stormed into the store in the 1900 block of East 4th Street on Jan. 22, and one of them pulled out a chrome handgun, the Long Beach Police Department said.

The gunman fatally shot Sor Phouma, who was pronounced dead at the scene. The killing was captured by a surveillance video released by Long Beach police.

Police said in a statement that Edgar Vasquez, 31, who lives in Perris, was arrested in connection with the killing. Investigators are still seeking the second suspect.

Since January 2007, at least 190 homicides have been reported in Long Beach, according to a Times Homicide Report database.

Anyone with information is asked to call Det. David Rios or Det. Roger Zottneck at (562) 570-7244.


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Photo: Surveillance video footage. Credit: Long Beach Police Department