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Married 7-Eleven clerks are stabbed after confronting shoplifter in Valley Village; husband dies

A husband and wife working at a 7-Eleven in the San Fernando Valley were stabbed Friday morning, the man fatally, after they confronted a man trying to steal malt liquor and a hot dog, police said.

The couple were working about 9:15 a.m. at the store off Laurel Canyon and Chandler boulevards in Valley Village when a man in his 40s walked in, grabbed a Mickey’s and a hot dog and started to leave, said Lt. John Jenal of the Los Angeles Police Department.

The female clerk confronted the thief, who “shanked her multiple times,” then stabbed her husband when he came out to check on his wife, Jenal said.

Police were called and found the attacker walking down the street with the drink and hot dog, Jenal said. He was arrested and will be booked on suspicion of murder, Jenal said.

Police said the wife was listed in critical condition. The man died at the hospital, the county coroner said. They have not been identified.

In a statement, 7-Eleven said it was working with police and was gathering information.

“This is a horrible situation," a company spokesperson said. "Our hearts are with the victims and their families."

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The slaying is the first homicide in Valley Village since a fatal shooting in April 2014, according to the Los Angeles Times' Homicide Report.

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UPDATES

1:46 p.m.: This article was updated with a statement from 7-Eleven.

This article was originally published at 12:52 p.m.

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