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Two wanted in connection with gas station clerk's murder

A man and a teen described as “armed and dangerous” by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department are wanted for their alleged involvement in the shooting death of a clerk at a Florin Road gas station.

Sheriff’s detectives are searching for Rodolfo Zavala, 23, and a 15-year-old boy, both Sacramento residents, in connection with Tuesday’s slaying of Simranjit Singh, 20. Both have outstanding murder warrants.

Detectives arrested another suspect, Alexander Lopez of Sacramento, on Wednesday afternoon.

Lopez, 40, was arraigned Friday on an open count of murder. He stood alone in his courtroom cell as Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Sweet read prosecutors’ allegations that Lopez fired the shots that killed Singh.

Lopez is being held without bail at the Sacramento County Main Jail. He returns to court Aug. 3.

Deputies responded Tuesday evening to a shooting reported at the Chevron gas station on 8498 Florin Road. They found Singh on the ground in the gas station’s parking lot with wounds in his torso, according to the sheriff’s department.

Singh died at the scene despite deputies’ efforts to save him, the sheriff’s department said.

According to the sheriff’s department, on the day of the crime, the three males suspected in Singh’s death had a “verbal altercation” with another another gas station employee who was cleaning the parking lot. One of the men assaulted the employee, who went inside the gas station and called 911.

The suspects went up to Singh, the sheriff’s department said, and one of the males, later identified by deputies as Lopez, fired multiple shots from a handgun. The suspects then fled.

Prosecutors say Lopez used a .40-caliber handgun to kill Singh.

Anyone with knowledge about Singh’s death should contact the Sheriff’s Department at (916) 874-5115 or Sacramento Valley Crime Stoppers at (916) 443-HELP, the sheriff’s department said. The department also collects anonymous tips at (916) 874-TIPS (8477) or on its website.

The Bee’s Darrell Smith contributed to this report.

Hannah Knowles: 916-321-1141, @KnowlesHannah

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