California Shoplifting Hits a Fever Pitch as Rite Aid Employee Is Fatally Shot After Trying to Intervene


According to KTLA-TV, a Rite Aid employee working at a store in the city’s Glassell Park neighborhood confronted two shoplifters Thursday night.

When the employee tried to stop the men from leaving the store with two cases of beer they hadn’t paid for, one of the men fired a weapon, KTLA reported.

The shooting occurred about 8:45 p.m.

The Los Angeles Police Department said the Rite Aid employee was dead at the scene, and the two men had left the area on foot, Fox reported. The employee was later identified by police as Miguel Penaloza, 36, of Los Angeles.

On Saturday, the LAPD released images of the two suspects from the shooting, KTLA reported.

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