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Pizza Parlor Customer Killed in Hold-Up Attempt

A masked gunman killed a customer and wounded two other people during a Christmas night robbery attempt at an Echo Park pizza parlor, police said Wednesday. The gunman fled after the shooting without any money, said Police Sgt. Dan Dejarnette.

The dead customer, whose name was being withheld, was handing over his money to the gunman when he was shot, investigators said.

“The guy actually took out his wallet and was giving him his money when the suspect shot him,” Detective Ron Whitt said.

Another customer and a restaurant employee also were shot when the gunman entered L.A. Loco Pizza shortly after 7:45 p.m., Dejarnette said.

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Both were treated at County USC-Medical Center and released.


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