A crowd poured into a 7-Eleven early Monday and grabbed snacks, drinks, tobacco products and lottery tickets, searching the supermarket before fleeing.
Investigators believe the incident, which was captured on surveillance video released Thursday by the Los Angeles Police Department, involved participants in a “flash mob” street takeover who en masse stole items from the store while selling merchandise to employees threw They fled before officers arrived.
The takeover began around 12:40 a.m. Monday at the intersection of Figueroa Street and El Segundo Boulevard in the Willowbrook neighborhood of South LA, police said.
“Motorists flooded the intersection, blocking traffic with their vehicles from all directions to create a ‘pit’ in the center of the intersection,” police said, adding that drivers were making donuts while others looked on.
Investigators believe bystanders then stormed into the supermarket on the northwest corner of Figueroa and El Segundo, police said.
Video released by the LAPD shows dozens of people standing outside the store. Many appear to be recording the whirlpool on their cell phones.
Inside the store, the video shows people reaching for items like chips and other snacks. Several people scoot across the checkout counter before taking boxes of tobacco products and tossing some of the items into a waiting crowd.
Other contestants are seen picking up lottery tickets.
Authorities continued to search for suspects on Thursday. No arrests were made, police said.
The incident came about an hour after a separate street takeover in which a teenager was shot and killed about 1½ miles away in an unincorporated area of Willowbrook late Sunday, according to the LA County Sheriff’s Department.
Deputies were called to the 13400 block of Mettler Avenue at 11:57 p.m. for a report of a shooting and street race and found an unresponsive boy between the ages of 15 and 20 with gunshot wounds, according to the Sheriff’s Department. The boy was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Anyone with information about the 7-Eleven incident is asked to contact investigators at the LAPD South Traffic Division at (323) 421-2500 or STDdetectives@lapd.online.
After hours and weekend calls should be directed to (877) 527-3247.
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