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John Arthur Ruh, 61

John Arthur Ruh, a 61-year-old white man, was shot and killed Monday, Feb. 19, at 44419 Division St. in Lancaster, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.

Ruh was working as a cashier at the VP Fuels and Drive Thru Dairy convenience store that morning, according to coroner’s records. 

Two men walked into the store around 8:30 a.m., said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Joe Mendoza. One of the men pulled a handgun and demanded money from Ruh before opening fire.

The two men, who were described only as black and wearing hoodies, then ran out of the store.

Ruh was pronounced dead at the scene at 8:43 a.m., according to coroner’s records. He had been shot multiple times. 

The shooting happened quickly, and the robbers didn’t take any money, Mendoza said.

“We do have video [from surveillance cameras] —that’s how we know the sequence of events — but nobody else was in the store, and unfortunately we can’t make out too much about their persons because they had hoodies on,” Mendoza said. 

Ruh was a father and former Marine who lived in Lancaster, the lieutenant said. 

A $30,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the robbers, Mendoza said. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has approved a $20,000 reward, and the Lancaster City Council has authorized a $10,000 reward.

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.  

Contact the Homicide Report. Follow @latimeshomicide on Twitter.

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