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Autopsy: Man whose body was found tied up in liquor store fridge had been shot in head

The Beer & Wine Market on Carson Street in Hawaiian Gardens.
The Beer & Wine Market on Carson Street in Hawaiian Gardens.
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Authorities say the man whose body was discovered bound and gagged inside the refrigerator of a Hawaiian Gardens liquor store had been shot in the head.

The Daily Breeze reports that an autopsy by the county coroner’s office revealed the cause of death Tuesday. The man’s name has not been released, and yesterday authorities were still trying to contact next of kin.

According to reports, a patron of the Beer & Wine Market at 12321 Carson St. entered the store Monday afternoon at about 4:30 p.m. and found its front door open and the lights off. Although earlier reports indicated he had discovered the body, the Breeze says he called 911, and sheriff’s deputies searched the store and found the body in an opened fridge.

As of yesterday, investigators were still trying to determine whether the victim worked at the store. Neighbors told KTLA that the store’s owner, described as a man in his 40s, kept the place open only sporadically.

Investigators were also trying to determine a motive. The nature of the killing, with the body bound and gagged, suggests an execution-style murder, but authorities are not discussing any theories at this time.

This particular liquor store has a bad history, as the previous owner was killed inside the place 10 years ago, according to KTLA.

Anyone with information on the recent murder is asked to call the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department at (323) 890-5500. Anonymous tips may be made at (800) 222-8477.