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Suspect sought in fatal shooting of Lancaster computer store owner

LANCASTER — Sheriff’s deputies today sought a suspect in the killing of a Lancaster computer store owner.

The suspect in the shooting death of 58-year-old store owner Reed Lewis Keith Friday about 4 p.m. was identified as Timothy Johnson, Deputy Guillermina Saldana of the Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau said.

Saldana described Johnson as a 6-foot, 2-inch black man weighing about about 170 pounds with a dark complexion and a closely shaved head.

“Detectives have learned that the suspect entered the location with the intent to rob the business and stole several electronic devices,” she said.

“Most of the property stolen was recovered at a nearby residence.”

Members of a sheriff’s

department Special Weapons and Tactic team thought they had Johnson surrounded at the residence, but he got away, according to broadcast reports and Deputy Benjamin Grubb of the Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau.

Johnson, reportedly dressed in a hoodie and a mask, came into eChaps Computer and More at 2007 W. Avenue K, shot Keith and fled in a black, 1980s model four-door car driven by, according to sheriff’s deputies.

A daughter, Casey Keith, told ABC7 she was just trying to “keep everything as suppressed as I can at this point.”

About 8 p.m. Friday, sheriff’s deputies surrounded an address in the 43000 block of Grange Street, but Johnson was gone by the time a Special Weapons And

Tactics entered the place early today.

Sheriff’s homicide detectives asked anyone with any information regarding Johnson’s whereabouts to call them at (323) 890-5500.

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