A smoke shop worker was shot during a robbery in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn Thursday morning.
The 38-year-old shop employee was shot inside the store on Fifth Avenue just before 12:15 a.m. ABC7 New York reported.
The gunman barged in, barking, “Give me the money! Give me the cash!”
The smoke shop worker handed over the cash, and the suspect opened fire anyway, blasting off two shots.
One struck the worker in the torso, and the other shattered the glass counter.
“He didn’t have to shoot him at all. No reason why he shot him,” owner Mohammad Suleiman said to reporters.
The shop worker was shot in the torso and taken to NY Langone Hospital-Brooklyn in stable condition.
“He’s Okay. He’s going to make it,” the store owner said.
An undetermined amount of money was stolen during the robbery. “Not much,” Suleiman said.
The injured shop worker is the owner’s cousin, and he has only worked there for two weeks. The store has been open less than a year, and the owner said he has always felt safe in Brooklyn. “I feel safe here.”
The smoke shop owner said the suspect is believed to be Middle Eastern, “by the way he was talking, the way he was pronouncing things,” about 5’9″ tall, chubby, wearing a beige shirt, a ski hat, and a scarf covering his face. “The only thing you could see was his eyes.”
He fled southbound on Fifth Avenue.