NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police are on the hunt for a man they said threw a Molotov Cocktail into a convenience store in Brooklyn, injuring a store employee.
The incident happened at around 1:55 a.m. Wednesday at a 24-hour mini-mart located at 3901 Fort Hamilton Pkwy.
The 34-year-old male store clerk suffered minor injuries after his hair and clothes caught fire, police said.
On Wednesday night, the clerk was in good condition and resting at home, CBS 2 reported.
The suspect had walked into the store and started an argument with the clerk about an hour before the attack, authorities said.
The NYPD released chilling surveillance video from inside the store with the hope that the public will be able to identify the suspect.
The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, between 30 and 40 years old, between 5’8″ to 5’10” in height, and wearing sunglasses and a dark hooded sweatshirt.
Fidel Perez told CBS 2’s Lou Young that he heard the explosion from inside of the drink cooler and came out to find his coworker in flames. Neighbors said that they were shocked that the building didn’t go up in flames.
“He didn’t think twice about what he was doing. He didn’t even consider anything, like people live upstairs. There’s a lot of kids upstairs,” Diana Soto said.
Anyone with information in connection with the incident is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). You can also submit your tips by logging on to the Crime Stoppers website, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577.
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