NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Police are on the hunt for a gunman who opened fire during an attempted pharmacy robbery Thursday.
It happened at the 48-11 Skillman Avenue is Sunnyside Gardens around 2 p.m.
Police sources tell CBS2 the suspect walked into the pharmacy, yelled out “where’s the condoms?” and then demanded cash.
The 27-year-old victim – who has been identified as the pharmacist – was shot in the arm with .22 caliber pistol. The suspect then took off.
Police released new surveillance photos of the suspected gunman Thursday night. He is described as a Hispanic man in his forties, wearing a baseball cap, and black sneakers.
Neighboring business owners told CBS2’s Reena Roy the pharmacy is family-owned and the victim has worked there for a year or so. They told Roy it’s usually a quiet neighborhood, but not today.
Witnesses watched in shock as emergency workers rushed the victim to Elmhurst Hospital, where he’s in stable condition.
“I did see the guy getting pulled out of the store,” said Ariana Negron. “I saw blood on the sheets, I saw him being picked up… they were rushing because it was bleeding, bleeding a lot.”
Anyone with any information is asked to call NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or 1-888-57-PISTA (74782) for Spanish. You can also submit a tip via the Crime Stoppers website, by Tweeting @NYPDTips or by texting a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) and then entering TIP577.