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Sen. Schumer Calls For Tougher Pharmacy Robbery Penalties

Police respond to the scene of a shooting of East Harlem pharmacy robbery and shooting on Apr. 12, 2012. (credit: Marla Diamond/WCBS 880)

Police respond to the scene of a shooting of East Harlem pharmacy robbery and shooting on Apr. 12, 2012. (credit: Marla Diamond/WCBS 880)

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NEW YORK (AP)U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer called for legislation that would make penalties for pharmacy robberies tougher following last week’s deadly hold-up at a drug store in Manhattan.

Schumer called for passage of the Safe Doses Act at the Harlem drug store on Saturday.

The bill is awaiting a vote by the U.S. Senate.

A retired police lieutenant fatally shot a masked gunman when he burst from the pharmacy Thursday. The suspect pointed a revolver at responding police officers.

Suspect Wyatt Rudolph, 23, was wanted in at least two other shootings.

Rudolph had apparently tried to fire his gun during the exchange, but the revolver jammed, police said.

A second suspect who slipped away during the confusion was still being sought in connection with the robbery.

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