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"I didn’t pay much attention to him, because the other clerk was dealing with him. I just started waiting on another customer."
Sanders, who is African-American, says he bid Furrow goodbye as he passed by the front counter on his way out the door, but the accused killer never looked at him or acknowledged his farewell. "He seemed very intense."
Information remains sketchy as to what white supremacist Buford Furrow did and where he went between the shooting death of mail carrier Joseph Ileto, at 11:53 a.m., and 8 p.m., when he hailed Independent Cab driver Hovik Garibyan at the 7-Eleven store on the corner of Cherokee Avenue and Sunset Boulevard — less than a block east of the Weekly’s Hollywood offices — for his ride to Las Vegas.
Furrow reportedly told police that he stopped at Topanga-Lassen Plaza, a Chatsworth strip mall. He got a haircut at Supercuts, shopped for a shirt, sought a prostitute, and drank seven or eight beers at a San Fernando Valley bar — described as a "cowboy bar" by one LAPD officer.
His stop at the Scorecard (see story) around 2 p.m. adds another piece to that time puzzle, but there are still details left to be filled in.
Here’s what’s known so far:
LAPD received its first frantic 911 call at 10:49 a.m.: "Shots fired, victims down." The first police units arrived at the North Valley Jewish Community Center in Granada Hills four minutes later. Furrow was already gone.
Police say Furrow then drove Choi’s car to his red-and-silver van, which was parked near the corner of Woodley Avenue and Roscoe Boulevard. There he transferred weapons and ammunition from the van to the car.
At 11:53 a.m., Filipino-born Joseph Ileto, whom Furrow allegedly called a "target of opportunity" because Ileto was dark-skinned and wearing a U.S. Postal Service uniform, was shot dead on the street, in the 9900 block of Valley Circle Court.
Furrow then allegedly abandoned his stolen car containing the murder weapon, a Glock, model 26, 9mm pistol, in the parking lot of the 7-Star Suites Hotel in Chatsworth.
At 2 p.m., Furrow stopped at the Scorecard on Ventura Boulevard in Studio City.
The discovery of the stolen car in the hotel parking lot at approximately 3 p.m. started police on an intensive room-by-room search.
At 8 p.m., Furrow hailed cab driver Hovik Garibyan at the 7-Eleven in Hollywood and began his $800 ride to Las Vegas.
Arriving after midnight, Garibyan dropped Furrow at the New York, New York casino.
At 8:55 a.m. on Wednesday, August 11, Furrow, still holding approximately $2,000, turned himself in at the FBI office in Las Vegas.
LAPD officers flew to Las Vegas later that morning. Furrow waived extradition and was flown back to Los Angeles Wednesday evening.—J.C.
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