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Videotape released in gas station murder

October 14, 2009 9:46:02 PM PDT
Police in Norwalk are hoping a videotape will help catch the killers of a gas station clerk. The robbery and shooting happened on Saturday. It was captured on surveillance tape.

By the time the gunmen are behind the counter, the clerk is already on the floor just out of camera-range. The last two minutes of his life must have been terrifying.

The men quickly ransack the store, stuffing cash and merchandise into bags while one of them waves his gun in the air.

The murder happens seconds later, before the men run from the store and drive-off into the night.

The clerk, Jose Joaquin Morales, was shot in the head. He was kept on life support until Monday. Morales was an immigrant from Guatemala, who worked long hours to support his family in Central America.

Both men wore masks. Police released the videotape hoping that someone might recognize something distinctive about the men -- how they walked, what they wore, maybe the color of the bags they used.

Police Chief Harry Rilling is calling Saturday's shooting at the West Avenue gas station "horrendous" and "outrageous," and he says he hopes people with information are so angry that they will call police to help them solve the case.

The killing was Norwalk's first homicide of the year.

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