Police: Robbery not motive of Bi-Lo shooting

Hazel Dell store employee admitted to intensive care unit

By Bob Albrecht and John Branton

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Updated: December 31, 2009, 6:01 PM

 

— Sheriff’s deputies Thursday continued to piece together the details of a convenience store shooting, but said robbery was apparently not the motive.

Jose Guadalupe Muro, 29, of Vancouver, was conscious and breathing when authorities arrived at Bi-Lo Foods in Hazel Dell shortly after 10 p.m. Wednesday. Muro is a Bi-Lo employee.

According to a press release from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Muro was transported to Southwest Washington Medical Center, where he was admitted into the intensive care unit. Hospital employees could not provide information about his condition Thursday.

Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a person of interest, whose name was not released.

Robbery is not believed to have been a motive in the shooting, according to the press release.

Preliminary reports indicated five or more shots were fired at the convenience store at 8725 N.E. Highway 99. The gunfire was reported by a caller who was outside the store.

A deputy who was in the area arrived at the store within seconds.

Additional officers with the sheriff’s office and Vancouver Police Department rushed to the store and, with the victim being treated outside, went inside with guns drawn to see if the assailant was still in the building.

No detailed description of the possible assailant was given, little more than a thin person who wore a black sweatshirt and dark pants.

Early reports were that an employee had been shot in the head.

The first press release issued by the sheriff’s office said the victim suffered “multiple gunshot wounds.”

A second release identified the victim and said deputies were investigating “a person of interest in this crime.”

The sheriff’s office is asking anyone with information about the shooting to contact the tip line at 877-CRIME11.