The Latest: Reward offered after store worker set on fire

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Posted: Dec 22, 2016 4:05 PM

BURNEY, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on Northern California gas station attendant set on fire (all times local):

1:05 p.m.

A nonprofit is offering $10,000 to help find an attacker who set a Northern California gas station attendant on fire, killing him.

Secret Witness of Shasta County posted the reward Thursday, a day after the assailant went into the business, sprayed a flammable liquid on 54-year-old David Wicks and set him on fire.

The attack happened near Burney, a small logging community an hour's drive east of Redding.

A tearful co-worker, Kris Cantrell, tells The Record Searchlight newspaper (http://bit.ly/2h6kaVD ) that Wicks never had anything bad to say. Cantrell has no idea why anybody would want to hurt him.

The newspaper reports that surveillance cameras captured the attacker wearing yellow rain gear, a black hoodie and gloves.

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10:40 a.m.

Authorities say an attacker entered a Northern California gas station, sprayed an employee behind the counter with a flammable liquid and set him on fire, killing him.

The Record Searchlight newspaper in Redding reports (http://bit.ly/2h6kaVD ) that surveillance cameras captured the Wednesday evening attack near Burney, a small logging community an hour's drive east of Redding.

Shasta County sheriff's Lt. Anthony Bertain says investigators are searching for the assailant and haven't identified a motive for the killing of 54-year-old David Wicks.

Authorities say paramedics found Wicks with severe burns and an air ambulance flew him to a hospital, where he died.

Bertain says the surveillance video shows the attacker wearing yellow rain gear, a black hoodie and gloves. Investigators say they found a bicycle outside the gas station.

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Information from: Record Searchlight, http://redding.com