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Modesto man dies in likely robbery

A convenience store clerk was shot and killed Friday after an apparent botched robbery at the business on South Ninth Street between Modesto and Ceres, according to the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department.

The 28-year-old Modesto man injured in the shooting was taken by ambulance to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, said sheriff's Lt. Mike Parker.

Sheriff's officials did not release the victim's name pending notification of his family.

No other injuries were reported.

The shooting occurred shortly before 3:15 p.m. at the Gas N Shop store in the 800 block of South Ninth Street just south of Latimer Avenue.

The store sits on the south end of a commercial strip lined with auto repair shops, industrial supply businesses, liquor stores and motels.

Parker said it appeared there were no customers in the store or at the gas pumps when two Latino men walked in.

At least one of the men was carrying a gun, but detectives were trying to determine if both were armed.

"It appears to have been a robbery gone bad," Parker said.

Investigators were trying to determine if any cash or merchandise was stolen.

Witnesses told investigators the two men were seen running south on Ninth Street.

Sheriff's officials did not have a detailed description of the men.

Authorities responded to the report of an injured man on the floor inside the store. Medics were performing life-saving procedures on the store clerk when deputies arrived.

At 5 p.m., detectives were inside the store collecting evidence as deputies cordoned off the store and its gas pumps.

Sheriff's officials ask anyone with information about this shooting to call Detective Darwin Hatfield or Crime Stoppers at 521-4636. Tipsters also can e-mail tips through the Crime Stoppers Web site, www.modestopolice.com/CrimeStoppers, or text tips to CRIMES (274637) by typing "Tip704" plus your message. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and are eligible for a cash reward.

Bee staff writer Rosalio Ahumada can be reached at rahumada@modbee.com or 578-2394.

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