LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — A gas station clerk was shot and killed Tuesday at a Shell gas mini-mart in the Mid-City area of Los Angeles during an apparent robbery, authorities said.

The victim – who was in his 40s or 50s and was initially identified as a woman – died at the scene of the shooting, which was reported about 5:40 a.m. at Venice and Hauser boulevards, a Los Angeles police spokesperson said.

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His name was withheld, pending notification of relatives.

“It’s not fair. Get out and get a job, get your own money instead of going and robbing people. I’m sorry,” a customer said before hugging owner Mazen Elkhoury.

Elkhoury told KCAL9 the man had worked as a clerk at the store for about eight years.

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“Nothing else matters, businesswise, other than losing somebody that works for you,” he said. “Someone losing their life, someone who could be a father, a husband. There’s just no words. I’m really just thinking more about the person who just lost his life this morning.”

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Police say the man complied with the suspects’ demands but was shot anyway. The two suspects were described as men in their 20s. They were seen fleeing in a white four-door Chevrolet Malibu.

Anyone with information on the crime was urged to call LAPD West Bureau homicide detectives at (213) 382-9470.

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