Police Hope Surveillance Video Will Help Identify Suspects in Liquor Store Murder

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The police released surveillance video of the suspects who murdered a liquor store employee during a robbery on Saturday.

The Long Beach Police Department have released the surveillance video (see below) and photos of the suspects who murdered 53-year-ol Sor Phouam during a robbery over the weekend. They are reaching out to the community for help in identifying the suspects.

On Saturday, January 22, shortly before 8:00 p.m., Long Beach police officers responded to a convenience store in the 1900-block of East 4th Street regarding a call of shots fired. When officers arrived, they discovered the body of 53-year-old Sor Phouam, who was a well-known and long-time store employee.  Sor had sustained a gunshot wound to his upper torso and was taken to a local hospital where he later died.

A preliminary investigation revealed that two male suspects entered the business with the intent to commit a robbery.  They approached the counter where a male customer was in the process of completing his purchase.  One of the suspects removed a chrome handgun from his waistband and pointed it at the clerk.  Seeing the store clerk being robbed, the customer attempted to leave the store but was stopped by the suspect with the gun, who demanded his money.  After taking money from the customer, the suspect turned his attention back to Sor and fatally shot him.

photos from 4th street liquor store murderThe suspects are described as two male Hispanics in their late 20’s or early 30’s, wearing dark clothing.  The weapon used was a chrome revolver.  After taking money from the customer and fatally shooting Sor, the suspects fled out the front door and ran east towards Cherry Avenue.

Long Beach homicide detectives are asking the male customer who was robbed by the two suspects to come forward and contact them.  Detectives believe this second robbery victim may have information, which may be useful to the murder investigation of victim Phouam.

Surveillance Video from Liquor Store Murder on 4th Street

A hotline has been set up for anyone wishing to contact Homicide Investigators David Rios or Roger Zottneck. The number to call is (562) 570-7247. The Long Beach Police Department urges anyone with any information about the murder of Phouam or the suspects to call. Callers may remain anonymous.

Anonymous tips may also be left by text or email at www.longbeach.gov/police.

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