Citrus Heights Police search for masked man who shot 7-Eleven clerk

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CITRUS HEIGHTS, Calif. (KTXL) — A 7-Eleven clerk is at home recovering after he was shot by a man who is now being searched for by Citrus Heights police. 

“Doesn’t matter what time of day it is. You open up with a gun in the middle of a public area like that. Those bullets travel a long distance. It could strike anybody,” said Chief Alex Turcotte. 

Police Chief Turcotte said they are lucky that only one person was hit when a man opened fire inside the 7-Eleven on the corner of Greenback Lane and Auburn Boulevard. 

Surveillance video captured the incident a little after 8 p.m. Monday, and on Tuesday, police released a photograph of the masked man. 

Turcotte said, prior to shots being fired, the man was causing problems inside the store. 

“The clerk was trying to have the customer leave. At some point, that disturbance escalated and the suspect pulled out what we believe was a handgun and shot at the clerk,” Turcotte said. 

The clerk was able to call 911 from his phone after he was shot. He then went outside to the parking lot, which is where officers found him. 

He was shot in the upper body and is expected to be OK. His injury isn’t considered life-threatening. 

“This is a busy area. A lot of traffic comes into the 7-Eleven. That’s crazy. I”m glad he’s okay. We go in there every day. That’s scary.” 

Police hope the public can identify the masked man in the surveillance photograph. 

“Well, I think it’s unfortunate that any confrontation would have to escalate to gun violence. There’s really no reason why we can’t get along, play well with each other and treat each other with respect,” Turcotte said. 

Anyone with information about the shooting should call the Citrus Heights Police Department at 916-727-5553.

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