Clerk Shoots, Kills Shoplifter

Photo credit    APD Wenyong Huang shot and killed Ethan Escorcio.

An Alameda gas station store clerk was arrested, suspected of murder, after allegedly shooting a man suspected of shoplifting.

The incident took place on Saturday, July 11, at 11:49 p.m. at the Circle K gas station at 1716 Webster Street. Wenyong Huang, 26, was working at the convenience store when Ethan Escorcio, 24, entered. According to reports, Escorcio, a transient, went behind the counter and tried to steal a pack of cigarettes. After a brief confrontation, Huang, of Oakland, pulled out a semiautomatic pistol and shot Escorcio in the head. Huang called 911 and Alameda Police Department (APD) officers and emergency medical personnel arrived shortly thereafter. 

Escorcio was still alive when officers arrived at the scene. He was transported to a nearby hospital, but eventually succumbed to his injuries. 

APD ultimately arrested Huang after speaking to him, other witnesses and watching the surveillance footage. “During the initial investigation, the store employee was cooperative, but based on the totality of the circumstances, coupled with store surveillance, he was ultimately arrested for the homicide,” according to a statement on the APD Facebook page.

Huang was charged with murder, along with seven other charges including possession of an unregistered firearm, carrying a concealed weapon and willful discharge of a firearm in a grossly negligent manner. 

Huang had his preliminary hearing on Tuesday, July 14, at the Rene C. Davidson Courthouse in Oakland. He pled not guilty to all charges. Huang is being held without bail at the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin. His next hearing is scheduled for Aug. 12.