NEW YORK (CBS 2) — Detectives in Queens were hunting for an armed robber who gunned down a deli clerk.

Police responding to a call of a robbery at gunpoint found Juan Torres shot in the head Saturday night. Residents set up a makeshift memorial outside the Lucky Grocery and Deli in Laurelton in his memory.

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The suspect was described as a black male in his late 30’s or early 40’s, last seen wearing a black sweatshirt.

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Investigators believed he had a female getaway driver.

“We’ve seen a great pattern of robberies for the past few months. We’ve actually been trying to work with the 105 to come up with a plan to alleviate some of these very robberies from happening,” said Donovan Richards, Chief of Staff for Councilman James Sanders, Jr.

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This was the second time the Torres family has experienced violence at the deli. A close friend was killed there in 2002, and Torres’ brother died in a similar incident in a different deli in Queens.