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Stabbing At 7-Eleven Over Stolen Liquor And Hot Dog Leaves One Dead

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Two married 7-Eleven employees were stabbed, one of them fatally, when they attempted to stop a robbery on Friday, police said.

The stabbing was caught on a surveillance camera located outside a laundromat next to the 7-Eleven, according to KTLA. It shows the husband being fatally stabbed by a homeless man who had just stolen a hot dog and Mickey's malt liquor from a 7-Eleven at the intersection of Laurel Canyon and Chandler boulevards in Valley Village at about 9:15 a.m.

The video shows the woman, identified by friends as Lagrima "Paulina" Lopez, running after the thief, followed by her husband Washi Ahmed. Lopez is seen confronting the man in the parking lot, grabbing the liquor and hot dog from him.

Then, the man is shown pulling a knife on Lopez, and according to LAPD's John Jenal, "shanked her multiple times." Ahmed attempts to push him off Lopez, when the man swings around and stabs him in the neck.

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According to the county coroner, Ahmed died from his wounds at the hospitals. Police said Lopez was in critical condition.

As the L.A. Times reports, police found the man walking down the street with a Mickey's and hot dog. He was arrested and will be booked on suspicion of murder, Jenal said.

Customers told CBS L.A. that Ahmed had worked at the store for almost 30 years, and the couple was beloved by regular patrons.

"I'm just at a loss for words," Kelly Seidel told KTLA. "They're the best people in the whole world, and I just can't believe that something like this would happen."

"They call you by your first name," another customer told CBS. "It’s just a very friendly establishment."