Store clerk killed in robbery shooting, suspects on the run, deputies say


WAUKENA, California (KGPE) – A store clerk in the Tulare County community of Waukena was shot to death during a robbery Monday – and the two suspects responsible fled the scene, according to Tulare County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies say they were called around 7:15 p.m. to the Waukena Market, on the 2800 block of Waukena Drive, after a passer-by reported gunshots. While en-route, another 911 call told dispatch that someone had been shot.

Both Tulare County Sheriff’s Office and Corcoran Police responded to the area. Deputies report that they found the store clerk shot to death inside the business. The victim was described as a man in his 40s and was the only one inside the store at the time.

The suspects are described as two armed men. Investigators are using security footage in an attempt to identify them.

“This is a very rural area,” said Sgt. Steve Sanchez with Tulare County Sheriff’s Office. “I’m talking with the witnesses out here – they all know each other.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office at 559-733-6218.

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April 29 2021 12:00 am

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