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Lake Worth Beach clothing store shooting stresses importance of security cameras

Posted at 4:41 PM, Aug 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-08 19:28:24-04

LAKE WORTH BEACH, Fla. — Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office investigators are looking for any surveillance video near Cruz Fashion store on Lake Avenue. On Wednesday evening Jorge Vargas Cruz, 39, a store clerk was shot and killed, PBSO says, and there were no surveillance cameras at the business.

Detectives blocked a part of Lake Avenue Wednesday night, spending hours combing through the crime scene.

"This was filled with deputies and patrol cars," said Yindra Rodriguez who said she drives for Uber Eats and could not get through.

PBSO says none of the immediate surrounding businesses had surveillance cameras either. Right now investigators don't have a motive or witnesses.

Sayed Harun owns Tropical Supermarket nearby and believes every business should invest in security cameras.

"This is the modern world, they should have cameras for their safety," said Harun.

PBSO says dispatch received a hang up 911 call and when they responded to the business just after 5:30 p.m., they found Vargas Cruz wounded from a gunshot.

"We are very concerned, all of my employees are scared. Yesterday, a couple of them left [early]," said Harun.

The Florida Division of Corporations database shows Vargas Cruz was also the president of the business. It's not clear if he ran the store by himself.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office encourages business owners to invest in security cameras. The Sheriff's Office also has a Crime Prevention Unit that can help owners secure their business.

Anyone with information on the shooting should call the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office or Crimestoppers.