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Employee found dead at gas station, 2 suspects sought

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NEW KINGSTOWN, Pa. (WHTM) -

Correction: An earlier version of this article said police were looking for an older model maroon Ford conversion van in relation to this crime. However, police are actually looking for that van in relation to a different crime. 

Police in Cumberland County said an employee was found dead at a Hess gas station on the Carlisle Pike and they are actively looking for two people who are considered armed and dangerous.

Cumberland County District Attorney Dave Freed said that, while the killing looks like it could be characterized as an execution, he think there's more.

"Why [would] a woman, who minds her own business and lives a quiet life in Carlisle and works at a Hess Express, would be the victim of an execution? In my experience, those things don't add up. So, is it more likely a robbery gone bad," he said.

Silver Spring Township police said around 10:30 Sunday night, they found 55-year-old Linda Ness dead from an apparent gunshot wound at the station on the 7000 block of the Carlisle Pike. 

Police are also looking for a third person. They say he or she came into the store and talked to Ness just a few minutes before she was shot. They believe it's possible this person may have seen something or could have been working with the other two people.

Ness was at the end of her shift when she was shot and killed. Police say she was found by a customer who believed Ness had suffered a heart attack. The customer even gave her CPR before calling 911.

There is no audio on the surveillance video but police say it appears the two people were giving Ness instructions -- and it looks like Ness was cooperating.

At some point, the person fired the gun and killed her. It appears nothing was taken from the store.

Police say Ness had three sons. Her autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday morning.

Anyone with information about the suspects is asked to contact police at 717-697-0607.

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