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Irate customer sought in shooting of worker at South L.A. grocery

October 23, 2011 |  9:53 am

An irate customer shot a South Los Angeles supermarket employee in the leg Sunday morning after being informed that the items he wanted to buy were not available, police said.

The suspect entered Superior Grocers on South Avalon Boulevard shortly before 7:30 a.m. He went into the back of the store and asked an employee for some items he wanted to purchase, said Lt. Jon Tippet at the LAPD's Southeast station. 

When the employee said they did not have the things he wanted and told the man to leave the back of the store, the suspect pulled out a gun and shot the worker once in the leg, Tippet said. The shooter then left the store on foot.

"There was no indication that this was a robbery attempt," Tippet said. He was unsure what the items were that the suspect had been trying to buy.

The store employee, who was not identified, was transported to a local hospital and was listed in stable condition. The suspect is still at large.

— Abby Sewell