April 18, 2019 By Christian Murray
A worker was shot inside a Sunnyside drug store at around 2 p.m. today during a botched robbery.
Police said the shooting took place at 48-11 Skillman Ave., inside Sunnyside Pharmacy, and that they are currently searching for the perpetrator.
The victim was shot by a 22 caliber pistol, police said, and is likely to survive. The victim, who has been identified as a 27-year-old Asian man, was transported to Elmhurst hospital.
Dan Glasser, the owner of Stray Vintage, an antique store located next door to the pharmacy, said the man was shot in the arm.
“I was in the back of my store and I heard yelling. Then I heard the sound of a firecracker. Then I heard more yelling–and another firecracker,” Glasser said.
Glasser said that he went over to the store and saw the victim with a bloody arm.
Cops continue to search the area for the suspect, with the suspect believed to have gone up Skillman toward 49th Street. The suspect is described as being an Hispanic man in his 30s.
Nearby schools P.S. 11 and P.S. 150 were on lock down but have since reopened. There is currently a large police presence in the area.
(Correction: The initial story said it was the owner of the store who was shot, based on witness accounts. The police were unable to confirm this)