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Man douses well liked Shell gas station employee with gasoline and burns him alive

By Mason White 5:28 PM December 28, 2016
David Wicks and his wife
By: Chan Yuan

(Scroll down for video) People in California, are shocked after learning that someone has doused a well liked gas station employee with gasoline and burned him alive.

The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office said that on Wednesday, at approximately 7:00 p.m., deputies from the Burney Station arrived at the Rocky Ledge Shell Station in Johnson Park, for a reported structure fire.

Emergency personnel located 54-year-old David Wicks with severe burns. The victim was provided emergency medical treatment and then transported by air ambulance.

Wicks subsequently succumbed to his injuries. Wicks was a long time employee at the store.

Detectives from the Major Crimes Unit and Deputies from the Burney Station have actively investigated the incident through the night.

Surveillance video has been reviewed of the incident and the video shows a horrific chain of events. In the video, an unknown suspect is seen entering the Rocky Ledge Shell convenience store.

The suspect then started spraying flammable liquid, and it is believed Wicks was doused with the fluid at this time. As the suspect started to back out, Wicks emerged from behind a counter area.

The suspect continued to spray fluid on the floor. The suspect then ignited the fluid, causing a fire. The fire engulfed Wicks and the surrounding area.

There is no motive at this time as to why the suspect targeted Wicks. The video shows the suspect leaving on a black colored bicycle, westbound from the store.

The Sheriff’s Office has provided two photos for the public to review.

The first photograph shows the suspect inside the store and the second photo is of the bicycle located in the area after the incident took place.

Anyone who saw the suspect before or after, or has seen someone in the area recently riding a bicycle similar to the one in the photograph, is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit at 530-245-6135 or email