Two men found guilty in shooting death of 7-Eleven clerk in Highland Park
Two men were found guilty of first-degree murder Feb. 23 in the fatal shooting a store clerk in Highland Park in 2013, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.
Jurors deliberated for two days before finding Rasheen Jamal Childs, 21, and Bryant Sherell Moore, 24, who are black, guilty in the death of 31-year-old Gonzalo Garcia-Garcia. Jurors also found true the special circumstance allegation that the men committed the shooting during an attempted robbery.
Childs was also found guilty of 18 counts of second-degree robbery and one count each of attempted second-degree robbery and false imprisonment by violence. Moore was convicted of 10 counts of second-degree robbery and one count each of attempted second-degree robbery and false imprisonment by violence.
Childs and Moore entered a 7-Eleven in the 5100 block of Figueroa Street about 10:25 p.m. on Dec. 22, 2013, posing as customers, prosecutors said.
Childs approached Garcia-Garcia and pointed a handgun at him, prosecutors said. As Garcia-Garcia started to run away, Childs shot the clerk one time and fled the store with Moore, prosecutors said.
Garcia-Garcia was taken to a hospital where he died the next day at 2:32 a.m., according to coroner’s records.
Childs and Moore face a maximum sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole when they return to court on May 12.