Recycling Center Worker Shot, Killed in North Sacramento

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A recycling center employee has been shot and killed outside the Norwood Avenue business Friday morning.

Coworkers identified the victim as 31-year-old Ramon Lopez.

"People who know him, customers, you know they say he was real nice guy. Treated him well. But they were here just for a robbery," coworker Alex Aguiler told FOX40 about Lopez.

Police were called to a shopping center along Norwood Avenue north of Las Palmas Avenue around 11 a.m. The shooter had already driven away from the area when they arrived.

Sacramento Police detectives say the victim was shot as part of an attempted robbery.

Three men are involved, one of them reportedly had a gun and fired it after an argument between the three of them and the recycling center employee.

The shooting happened outside the T & Y Oriental Market.

No description of the suspects has been provided at this time, but police spent most of the day searching the scene for evidence.

"The employees were approached by three younger males, obviously one had a gun. During that incident it looks like a physical ensued and one of those employees was struck by gunfire," police spokeperson Doug Morse said.

Aguiler told FOX40 Lopez was only working at the center for a few months and that he's survived by two young daughters who live in Mexico.

Morse said shortly after the shooting, three schools were put on lockdown as officers scrambled to the scene, but it was lifted 15 minutes later as officers determined the scene was safe.

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