WHITTIER (CBSLA) – The clerk of a Whittier 7-Eleven was fatally shot Saturday morning during what police believe was an attempted robbery.

Police were called to the scene of the shooting around 5:43 a.m., where they found the clerk, who police say was in his 20s to 30s, suffering from a gunshot wound. Paramedics pronounced the clerk dead at the scene.

Police said preliminary information indicates that the suspect entered the store, located at 8438 Santa Fe Springs Road, with a semi-automatic handgun with the intent to commit a robbery.

Surveillance photos posted on the Whittier Police Department’s social media show a man wearing a gray hoodie under a black hoodie, with a black bandana covering his nose and mouth. He was wearing black gloves. The suspect was described as a black man about 5-feet-7 inches tall.

It is unknown why the suspect fired the handgun, killing the clerk.

Two customers were inside the store at the time of the shooting. Both were uninjured, police said.

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