EDMONDS — Police don’t know who shot a 7-Eleven clerk in Edmonds Friday morning, or what the motive may have been, but they’re hoping the public can help.
Security footage reportedly shows a man, described as white and possibly in his 20s, run into the store at 8101 238th Street SW, jump on the counter and point a handgun — likely at the clerk, who is off screen. The man is in and out of the 7-Eleven within 20 seconds, Edmonds police Sgt. Shane Hawley said.
“It happens super fast,” Hawley said. “As far as we can tell it doesn’t even look like he took anything.”
Robbery hasn’t been ruled out, but at this time it’s unclear why the shooting took place, Hawley said.
This is our Homicide suspect. We need your help to find him! Spread the word and this video. We need to get this guy behind bars so he can't do this to someone else. Call EPD with any tips or submit them online on our website. pic.twitter.com/N4lqGbmdl1— Edmonds Police Department (@EdmondsPolice) February 21, 2020
A customer found the clerk, 64, on the floor around 5 a.m., unresponsive and bleeding from a gunshot wound. Police arrived between 20 and 40 minutes after the shooting took place, Hawley said. Agencies from across Snohomish and King counties, as well as the Washington State Patrol, searched the area but couldn’t find a suspect.
Edmonds detectives were expected to be on the scene collecting evidence for hours on Friday.
At this point, authorities haven’t identified the man in the security footage. Edmonds police released a still image and four seconds of video hoping someone may know something about the man, seen wearing black shoes, black pants and a red-and-black jacket. His hood is up and he appears to be wearing something over his face.
Police also released an image of a light-colored car that was seen in the area around the time of the homicide, though they couldn’t confirm the vehicle’s year, make or model — or whether the vehicle was involved in the incident.
HOMICIDE UPDATE: This vehicle was seen in the area around the time of the homicide. We don't know if it was involved, but are putting it out as a vehicle of interest. Light colored vehicle. Hard to tell year, make or model based on the image. pic.twitter.com/Tu67q0nkZ1— Edmonds Police Department (@EdmondsPolice) February 22, 2020
“Based on his actions, we consider this subject a serious threat to the public,” said a news release from Edmonds police. “If anyone sees him, do not approach and call 911 immediately.”
Tips can be directed to Edmonds police at 425-771-0200, the department’s tip line at 425-771-0212 or online at www.edmondswa.gov/police/anonymous-tip.html.