Police arrest man suspected of shooting gas station clerk in early-morning robbery

Police have arrested a 34-year-old Long Beach man suspected of shooting and critically injuring a gas station clerk in an alleged early-morning robbery last week at an Arco station on Seventh Street and Obispo Avenue.

The suspect, identified as Frank Porras, allegedly began a crime spree around 3:30 a.m. on Thursday when he attempted to burglarize a business in the 700 block of Redondo Avenue and ran before officers arrived, the Long Beach Police Department said in a statement today.

About 10 minutes later, police were called to a gas station at Seventh Street and Redondo Avenue for an attempted carjacking in which a victim said he had been pumping gas when a man approached him, pulled out a gun and demanded his vehicle before fleeing on foot.

Police were then called at about 5:25 a.m. for reports of a gas station clerk who had been shot in the upper torso. The man was rushed to a local hospital in critical condition, police said.

The suspect robbed the business and then shot the victim before fleeing on foot before officers arrived, police said. 

The victim initially wasn’t breathing but two customers – a doctor and a firefighter – performed CPR, according to the gas station’s owner’s son.

The man had just started working at the Arco station about a month ago because his old job, at a 7-Eleven, was getting too violent, he said.

Porras was arrested on Tuesday and booked on suspicion of attempted murder, attempted robbery and criminal threats. He was being held in lieu of $1 million bail.  

Anyone with any information regarding the incident is urged to contact LBPD Robbery Detectives at (562) 570-7464. Anonymous tips may be submitted through “LA Crime Stoppers” by calling 800-222-TIPS (8477), downloading the “P3 Tips” app to your smartphone (available at the Apple app store or Google Play), or by visiting www.LACrimeStoppers.org.

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Kelly Puente is an award-winning general assignment and special projects reporter at the Long Beach Post. She has worked as a journalist in Long Beach since 2006, covering everything from education and crime to courts and breaking news. Kelly previously worked at the Long Beach Press-Telegram and the Orange County Register before joining the Post in 2018. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in public policy and administration at Cal State Long Beach. Reach her at [email protected].