Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a suspect caught on camera to be responsible for a fire inside the Rocky Ledge Shell gas station in northern California on Wednesday that killed a 54-year-old man, according to People Magazine.


On Wednesday at night, there was a fire reported at Rocky Ledge Shell Station in Johnson Park, California, where David Wicks, an employee at the gas station had died from severe burns.

The Shasta County Sheriff’s Department claims that paramedics treated Wicks at the scene before rushing him to hospital by a helicopter. At the hospital, he eventually died from his injuries.

Homicide detectives found a surveillance video from the scene. According to the police, the footage showed an “unknown subject” walking into the gas station’s convenience store and spraying something on the merchandise, which they suspect is a flammable fluid. Apparently Wicks was also “doused with the flammable fluid.” The footage then shows the suspect coming out of the store.

“Wicks emerges from behind a counter area,” the statement says. “The suspect continues to spray fluid on the floor. The suspect then ignites the fluid causing a fire. The fire engulfs Wicks and the surrounding area.”

“The video shows the suspect leaving on a black colored bicycle, westbound from the store,” according to the statement. “The suspect has not been identified and the suspect’s description is limited due to the suspect concealing his/her identity” in the surveillance video.

Police say they’ve recovered the getaway bicycle, as they found it dumped four blocks away from the gas station.

Civilian Help

A picture of the bicycle has been sent out to local media, and authorities are asking the public for help in locating the suspect.

Anyone with any information about the crime, contact them via phone at (530) 245-6135 or email them at mcu@co.shasta.ca.us.

Police are also offering a $10,000 reward for any information that would lead to an arrest.

So far, police have no suspected motive behind the crime.