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Photo of Palmdale shooting victim released

Authorities released a photo a jewelry store owner who died Wednesday when he was shot several times in his shop.

April 22, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies have released a photo of the victim in Wednesday's jewelry store robbery in Palmdale. Mario Tovar, 59, was shot to death around 2:15 in the afternoon at the Jewelry Mart on Palmdale Boulevard and 27th Street.

Authorities say there was one other employee in the store who witnessed the suspect fire several gunshots, hitting Tovar in the upper torso. Deputies say the shooting appears to be a botched robbery attempt.

Family members claim Tovar was confronted over the weekend by two young men who stole his gun, beat him, and threatened to kill him. Authorities say the suspect is a black man in his 20s, wearing dark clothing and a baseball cap. One man was detained for questioning, but deputies were not calling him a person of interest or a suspect.

If you have information related to this case, you're asked to call the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department at (323) 267-4800.