Update, July 27: The LAPD has issued a statement saying that Anthony Lemus, 20, was arrested Monday on suspicion of murdering Miguel Penaloza, 36, a clerk in the Rite Aid store in Glassell Park.
The fatal shooting of Penaloza occurred on July 15, when he confronted two men who were leaving the store without paying for two cases of beer, according to the LAPD statement.
The store has been closed since the shooting. The L.A. Times has reported that a Rite Aid spokesperson said a security guard will be stationed on-site when the store reopens and that a new security camera system will be installed.
United Food and Commercial Workers Local 770, the union that represents the store’s employees, issued a statement after the shooting saying that union members had raised security concerns at the store, but that Rite Aid had refused to provide adequate professional security for the employees.
There is no information from LAPD at this time on the second suspect.
Update, July 21: Chris Savarese, a spokesperson for Rite Aid, told the Boulevard Sentinel that the store on Eagle Rock Boulevard in Glassell Park has been closed in order to aid police in their investigation and will reopen when the police give the go-ahead.
Savarese also said that Rite Aid is “in contact with his [Miguel Penaloza’s] family and providing assistance,” though he declined to characterize the assistance, saying that he did not want to appear as if was emphasizing Rite Aid’s help in the face of the family’s tragic loss.
Savarese said that employees of the store are being paid their regular wages during the closure and that customer calls to the store are being automatically transferred to the Rite Aid on York Boulevard.
When the Sentinel asked whether Rite Aid was offering a reward for information about the crime, Savarese referred the question to the LAPD. The Sentinel is following up.
July 20: Rite Aide has announced that it will indefinitely close its store on Eagle Rock Boulevard in Glassell Park following the fatal shooting of an employee, Miguel Penaloza during a confrontation with shoplifters on the evening of July 15.
KABC reports that Mr. Peñaloza stopped two suspects leaving the store with a case of beer each, a scuffle ensued and the employee was fatally shot by one of the suspects.
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