Authorities hope security cam photo leads to arrests in Buena Park slaying


Buena Park police have released photos of three men wanted in the shooting death of a La Mirada man who was the target of an apparent robbery attempt.

Maher Yousef, 24, of La Mirada died overnight Friday after being shot in the head at a gas station at Beach and Artesia boulevards, Buena Park police said.

Investigators say surveillance footage and statements from at least one witness suggests that Yousef and a passenger were targeted because they work at a check-cashing business.


Shortly before 10:30 p.m. Friday, Yousef stopped at the gas station and waited in the car as a passenger went into the mini-mart.

Three men approached Yousef, brandished weapons and demanded money. Yousef struggled with one gunman from the driver’s window. A second gunman, who was wearing a hooded sweatshirt, approached the open door on the passenger side and shot Yousef at close range.

The men fled on foot to the north. Nothing was taken.

Officers responded to a call about a possible shooting and found Yousef in critical condition. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Although no arrests have been made, authorities have relatively clear surveillance images of the men.

The men are African American. One is believed to be in his 20s, about 5 foot 10, with a heavy build and wearing a brown hooded sweatshirt, checkered shirt, dark pants and blue shoes.

Another man is described as 20 to 30, 6 foot 2 inches, 200 pounds, with a shaved head,and wearing a striped V-neck shirt, jeans and white tennis shoes.


The third man is believed to be in his 20s, 5 foot 8, with a thin build and wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt.

Authorities ask anyone with information to contact them at (714) 562-3969.

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10:06 pm: This post was updated to include a photo and description of the suspects and additional details about the moments leading up to the shooting.

This post was originally published at 7:14 p.m.