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Kelseyville store clerk's slaying called 'frightening event'

Forrest Seagrave, 33, of Kelseyville was fatally shot Friday night at the store and service station where he worked.

Published: Sunday, January 20, 2013 at 12:29 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 21, 2013 at 8:13 a.m.

The search continued Sunday for a suspect in a deadly Kelseyville convenience-store robbery.

Mt. Konocti Gas & Mart night clerk Forrest Seagrave, 33, was shot and killed Friday night during the holdup.

Lake County sheriff's deputies believe a hooded person caught by the store's outdoor video surveillance camera is responsible.

The short clip shows the suspect walking through the parking lot at about 10:45 p.m. and heading the other way about 20 seconds later. A face isn't visible.

Rob Brown, a Lake County supervisor and bail bondsman, said leads have been pouring in since the shooting. He said local residents are offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

"They are turning over every rock," Brown said. "We've got to catch this guy. People are scared out of their wits."

The Main Street store remained closed Sunday morning and was cordoned off with yellow police tape, Brown said.

A woman who answered the phone would not discuss the slaying, referring calls to the Sheriff's Office. A sheriff's spokesman didn't immediately return a call.

About 200 people showed up Saturday night for a candlelight vigil for Seagrave, a Kelseyville High School graduate. He had worked at the store since 2006 and lived with his mother. Family members could not be reached.

Brown said Seagrave and two other employees were in the store at the time of the shooting.

One was in the back room and wasn't aware of what was going on until he heard the shots, Brown said.

A new employee was behind the register and Seagrave stood nearby, Brown said.

The suspect pointed a gun and demanded money. Seagrave was shot after the new employee gave the suspect cash, Brown said.

The Lake County News reported that the clerk was shot in the chest and hand by a man wearing a dark hoodie and dark clothing, with a bandana around his face.

The suspect took a small amount of money and ran across a nearby field, the report said. Sources put the amount at about $200.

Deputies described the suspect as 5 feet, 9 inches to 5 feet, 11 inches tall with a thin build, bluejeans and gloves.

Brown called the shooting "a frightening event," noting that it occurred across the street from Kelseyville High School.

He said such violence is uncharacteristic in the town of 3,500 people. However, when a crime like this does occur, it's usually connected to methamphetamine or marijuana, he said.

"It's going to come down to someone trying to get money to buy drugs," he said.

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