REDDING, Calif. — What happened at the Rocky Ledge Shell Station a few miles east of Burney on Wednesday night has left this small eastern Shasta County Community reeling and horrified.
Shortly before 7 p.m. PT, a man dressed in yellow rain gear, a black hood pulled over his head and black gloves on his hands, walked into the gas station, sprayed a flammable liquid around the store and on the likable clerk behind the counter, lit the fluid on fire, and rode off into the night on a black bicycle.
The deadly exchange — only 15 seconds long — was caught on videotape. “He literally walked in and walked back out, in a hurried motion,” Lt. Troy Clegg of the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday.
When authorities arrived shortly after calls came in about the gas station in Highway 299 being on fire, they found 54-year-old David Wicks badly burned.
He couldn’t speak, but he could nod yes or no, Clegg said at a news conference on Thursday afternoon. Deputies asked him if the attack was intentionally against Wicks, and he nodded yes.
They were unable to get anymore information out of him. Wicks died not long after. Medical personnel flew him by helicopter to a nearby hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.
“This is a very disturbing case, and it has affected the community in a great deal,” Clegg said.
In studying the surveillance video, investigators say that the attacker was a man who stood about 5 feet, 6 inches to 5 feet, 9 inches tall. They have little else to…