Gas Station Clerk Shot and Killed in South Lake Tahoe

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Just a scrap of left over crime scene tape marks the spot of a late night murder at the gas station on Lodi Avenue and Highway 50 in South Lake Tahoe.

A surveillance camera inside the store caught the moments before the shooting happened.

The picture is blurry and heavily pixelated, but the masked man in the picture is the suspect South Lake Tahoe Police are looking for.

It happened just before eleven Tuesday night. Detectives believe the clerk and suspect were the only two people in the store.

“It wasn’t so late at night people weren’t walking around and there’s a residential neighborhood right to the rear of that business and a hotel right next door,” said Lt. Brian Williams with the South Lake Tahoe Police Department.

Not long after the shooting happened, the next person who walked into the U.S. Gas saw the clerk and called 911.

“Saw the clerk lying there, behind the front counter and blood all around and he called 911 immediately,” said Williams.

Neighbors like Kay Hughes knew something was going on.

“I heard noises, but I didn’t hear anything that I would identify as a gunshot, but I did see them looking over there with metal detectors that we used in the operating room to look for lost needles, so they were looking for shells,” said Hughes.

“I thought maybe it was a drunk person or something like that,” said Dale Lawgon, another neighbor.

Hughes’ dog, Mocha, barked and told her something was happening. Her years as an RN told her it was bad.

“I saw the paramedics go in and out, in and out, but I never saw a person come out. I was a nurse for 45 years, to me, that meant somebody was dead,” said Hughes.


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