By CBSLA Staff

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — A Rite Aid employee was shot and killed while trying to stop a shoplifting suspect from escaping a store in the Northeast Los Angeles neighborhood of Glassell Park Wednesday night.

July 15, 2021. (CBSLA)

The shooting occurred at approximately 8:45 p.m. at a store located in the 4000 block of Eagle Rock Boulevard.

According to Los Angeles police, the employee confronted a suspect when he tried to leave the store with unpaid merchandise. The suspect produced a gun and opened fire on the employee.

The employee, a man in his 30s, died at the scene, police said. He was not immediately identified.

The shooting suspect and another man fled after the shooting. They were at large as of Friday evening. There was no immediate description of the two.

It’s unclear exactly where in the store the shooting occurred or if it was captured on surveillance video. The LAPD is investigating.