The gunman then demanded the clerk to open the store's safe. The employee told the gunman he did not have the combination. A short time later, the suspect left the store, grabbing four boxes of cigars on the way out.
The clerk suffered minor injuries. Police describe the gunman as an African American male with dark complexion and clean shaven. He was last seen wearing a white baseball cap with the Raiders logo on the front, a black jacket, dark blue pants and dark shoes.
If you have any information on the robbery, call the LAPD at (310) 444-1520 or (877) LAPD-24-7.
City News Service contributed to this story.