Updated July 1st Homicide Press Release Information with Video and Still Photos

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016
1 p.m.

INCIDENT:  Homicide, Shooting Victim 
CASE NUMBER: 16-27917
LOCATION: 5989 Beach Boulevard, Buena Park California 90621
DATE/TIME: July 1, 2016 / 10:30 p.m.
VICTIM: Maher Yousef, male 24 years of age, of La Mirada
SUSPECT #1: Male African American, 20’s, 5'10", heavy build, wearing a brown hoodie, checkered shirt,  dark pants and blue shoes
SUSPECT #2: Male African American, 20-30 years of age, 6'2", approximately 200 pounds, shaved head with possible facial hair, wearing a striped V-neck shirt, jeans, and white tennis shoes
SUSPECT #3: Male African American, 20’s, 5'8", thin build, wearing a dark hoodie

INITIAL PRESS RELEASE SUMMARY - Friday, July 1, 2106 at 11:50 p.m.:

On Friday, July 1, 2016, at approximately 10:30 p.m., Officers from the Buena Park Police Department responded to the Mobil Mini-Mart gas station, located at 5989 Beach Boulevard (on the corner of Beach and Artesia Boulevards), regarding a possible shooting victim. Arriving Officers located a male victim near a vehicle with gunshot wounds. The victim was rushed to a local hospital in critical condition. Subjects were seen fleeing from the area on foot immediately after the shooting, but there are no suspect(s) in custody at this time.  Subject descriptions were not immediately available.  Detectives from the Buena Park Police Department responded to the scene, and the case is under investigation.

UPDATED INFORMATION - Saturday, July 2, 2016 at 11:45 a.m.:

The victim, identified as a Maher Yousef, a male 24 years of age from the city of La Mirada, was pronounced deceased at UCI Hospital after arrival. Buena Park Police Detectives are looking into the possibility of robbery as the motive for the incident. At this time, there is no suspect information or descriptions available, and the investigation is on-going.

UPDATED INFORMATION - Saturday, July 2, 2016 at 7:45 p.m.:

Evidence suggests victims were targeted because they work at a check cashing business. Suspect’s followed the victims to the Mobile Gas at 5989 Beach Boulevard in Buena Park. The driver identified as 24 year old Maher Yousef stayed in his car while his passenger exited the car and went into the Mobile Mini Mart. Three male black suspects approached Yousef while he sat in the driver seat of his car. All three brandished weapons and demanded the money.  A brief struggle broke out between Yousef and one gunman from the driver window. A second hooded gunman approached the passenger side open door and shot Yousef in the head from close range. All three suspects fled the scene on foot northbound. Nothing was taken and the witness was unharmed.  Below are still surveillance images of the three suspects.

UPDATED INFORMATION - Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at 12 p.m.:

Detectives are releasing surveillance video of the incident, which depicts the suspects in the process of the robbery, prior to the shooting. Detectives are still actively investigating leads in the incident, and they hope that with this latest video evidence, more information will come forward that will assist them in identifying and capturing these dangerous suspects.  A special phone line has been established by the Buena Park Police Department to take phone calls from the public. If anyone has any information regarding this incident, they are encouraged to call (714) 562-3969 as soon as possible.

As further details become available, this information will be released in a subsequent release. Anyone with information on this shooting is encouraged to contact the Buena Park Police Department at (714) 562-3969, or (714) 562-3901 and ask to be transferred to ext. 3969.

Sergeant Michael Lovchik (714) 562-3915
Watch Commander’s Office (714) 562-3935

Sergeant Michael Lovchik | Press Information Officer
6640 Beach Boulevard | Buena Park, California 90620
Office: (714) 562-3915 | E-mail: mlovchik@bppd.com

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