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Worker Shot at Skillman Avenue Pharmacy, Cops Looking for Suspect: NYPD

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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)

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Oh, Lily

I want Jimmy Van Bramer to tell us how safe the neighborhood is and if it isn’t it is all Trump’s fault. Maybe he can lead another march over the bridge.

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rgs sunnyside

been in sunnyside six years and maybe it’s just me but the streets seem a lot less safer and a heck of a lot dirtier

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marty

Completely agree. Lived there for years but finally moved out last year. It was enough for me.

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Anonymous

We can thank DiBlasio for bringing our City back to the 1970s crime wave! Our poor neighborhood has seen such an increase in crime. This is the second time PS150 has been locked down within three weeks! Criminals now know there are no penalties. You can jump turnstiles and not be arrested, carry small amounts of marijuana, etc. And this man is considering running for President in 2020? Delusional!

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Guest

While I don’t think president has anything to do with Sunnyside there is definitely some serious problems with what’s going on around here. Is it he homeless shelters is it gangs is it just overall type of people? It’s horrible that 150 had to be locked down and kids have to go through that stress. All because of this one idiot who thinks he can get away with this. Get him 108!

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Anonymous

The community is going to shit. Thank you for all the great neighbors who care more about the colors of historic windows or socialistic tones and verbiage posted on there windows. May crime find you and eventually make you awake into a true reality of the world your pushing.

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Sunnyside Loves Me Long Time

Thank the BID for making “Sunnyside is the new Woodside”. Not your neighbors. The neighborhood has gone severly downhill since that marketing ploy.

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Anonymous

You are absolutely right. Let’s start preserving life instead of architecture that needs to be upgraded in our own person way instead of dictated by DICtatoriañ preservationists. Preserve our right to freedom and the pursuit of happiness.

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Guest

We need new leadership. First Amazon is gone, now more crime. We needed Amazon maybe they can make some change here. Amazon would not let it’s backyard turn to this.

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A mom

108 Precinct should patrol the Sunnyside area more often. Sunnyside is not safe anymore as before. Every single afternoon/night, cars and motorcycles are racing on Skillman Ave, right across kids park, and seems like nobody cares. ….till one child will end up dead under a car.

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The People

The police can’t be everywhere all the time. It’s physically and monetarily impossible. The founders of the country knew this. It’s up to the People/communities to defend themselves. This is the case for Liberty and Personal Responsibility.

Look at how some areas of Howard beach have zero crime. Those residence are active in protecting their neighborhood. The NYPD don’t even go there.

Sunnyside on the other hand… What residences will stand up and defend the town? It sends a message to criminals. Rob this neighbourhood and possibly get caught or Rob this neighbourhood and a resident will defend themselves to the max. When seconds count and the police are minutes and miles away. Rely on yourselves and neighbors.

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A.Bundy

thats why you always have to protect yourself. make sure you are armed. nobody else will protect you from these thugs. nobody.

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Gardens Watcher

I actually have noticed more patrol cars in the area recently. Maybe they are listening to somebody.

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Critic Al

Why mention the victims race? The perp, yes, but why the victim. Hope he recovers.

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A society of Liberty

This is why business owners should be able to defend themselves with a side arm. A carry town is a polite town. Especially when seconds count and yet the police are still minutes away.

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A society of Liberty

A carry town is a polite town. Self preservation will make it a safe town. There’s nothing to think about when truth is involved. You’re more worried about what OTHER people are going to do… but that thoughts is truly not about other people its really a thought about yourself. Trust yourself.

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David

The highest crime in America is in the states with the most citizens packing..Just check out the FBI stats.

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A.Bundy

in Killary’s NYC, it’s illegal to defend yourself in a Democrat controlled NYC. Criminals are an important demographic for Democrat vote support and are aggressively protected. Stand Your Ground legal protection for victims does not exists in NY.

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David

Bundy- We could tell you never served. You sound as if you know absolutely nothing about the subjects of firearms ans security, except what you’ve seen in movies and video games.

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Peggy

You seem lonely and it’s obvious you’re just a hard person to be around because of your outdated thinking.

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David

The precinct twitter post says he was seen fleeing west bound. Wouldn’t that be toward 47th St.?

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Johnny

The street numbers going up are heading further east. Avenue numbers going up are heading South.

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Politically Correct

Nice to to have a description of the victim, but would’t it be beneficial to have a description of the shooter? Wonder why it wasn’t given?

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Nostradamus

Probably – correction* most definitely a drug addict looking for controlled substances such as oxy Xanax and other painkillers maybe it has something to do with the fact that the old owner an old russian jewish man Dave used to sell pills under the table for cash with no prescription to a certain few people from what i heard..

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Anonymous

Our leaders have sold out our community.. Its very clear now crime is taking over Sunnyside. Those who deny this fact are the same people who deny reality and there leader and religion. The 108 cant even believe the 2000% increase in robberies ,shootings, rapes and petty theft.

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God bless America

What do you think is going to happen when you allow illegal convict immigrants here?!?

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Joe at Berkley

@scary thought- Yes, all this crime will bring your property value down. If you’d like I’ll do you a favor and take your nearly worthless and getting even more worthless property off your hands. Tell me using this comment stream, the best way to get in touch with you. Don’t drag your feet time is crucial.

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Liz

It has been declining for several years now. Just look at all the commercial property closed, and boarded up for many years. No one is exactly jumping on the opportunity to start up a business in this area. Businesses closed range from Skillman through to Greenpoint Avenue.

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Gardens Watcher

108th Precinct has a blurry store camera pic up of the guy. Jacket and baseball cap not that distinctive, but check out the shoes.

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Gardens Watcher

Channel 7 had the story on tonight’s 6PM news with same in-store camera pic. Reporter said the store owner was not the victim.

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Fan of Dough Boy Park

Or Norweigan, those people are destroying our neighborhood because people refuse to be honest about the situaction.

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Gardens Watcher

Astoria Patch reported that police said the suspect headed south on Skillman (not north up Skillman), and was wearing a green jacket and blue jeans. Wonder if this is related to the two who were caught robbing pharmacies in Queens last November?

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Michael Kilpatrick

We need cameras on our streets! Our neighborhood is not as safe as we think it is.

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Chip

Everyone needs to hold JVB accountable for the cameras. This is his responsibility to see the increase in crime and start getting it done. Stop asking people how to spend a million dollars when shit like this happens on his block.
He spends more time getting on the useless instead of the useful.

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Arvin

Has anyone noticed the exponential increase in the amount of rats in Sunnyside?..I am a long time resident and see them in the morning and evening while taking a walk..What has brought this about?

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James

The sewer replacement project uprooted them. The EPA put out big box traps, this seems to have reduced their numbers onb47h & 46th streets at 43rd Avenue.

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Anonymous

I have noticed this as well, we never had rats in my building until this past thanksgiving where we noticed an infestation

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A little tid bit

Its Spring. Plus cats don’t kill rats… the rats are too big. Smaller mid-size dogs kill rats.

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Gardens Watcher

Arvin, Maybe it’s the $2,500 reward from Crime stoppers picking up all the garbage on our streets.

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ann

A crazy woman leaves out plates filled with wet cat food, all over the neighborhood, several times a week. She is feeding rats, not cats.

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Carbie Barbie

This is the place that refuses to sell… what… Oxycontin? Fentanyl? Something like that, right?

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Oh, Lily

I want to hear the usual suspects tell us how “crime has gone down”. Yeah, right: I know that the police are being told to let lots of people go and the D.A.’s are reducing felons to misdemeanors. By all means, let’s vote for a District Attorney who wants to open up the jails! So, let’s vote for whomever Jimmy Van Bramer supports and we will all be safe and sound!

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Anonymous

Probably disputing over the bike lanes implemented by JVB. Stupid bike lanes thank god JVB is done representing the constituents of Sunnyside

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Oscar

I can’t believe there’s an actual human who would make the above comment in light of this neighborhood crisis. Prayers to the poor store owner.

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Mike

He got shot in the arm and is going to survive .. without the police report, we can speculate all we want .. joke will be on you if it really was over bike lanes

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Gardens Watcher

The follow-up story said he demanded money and didn’t get it. Maybe other cameras in the area will catch his escape route, or if he used a bike or not.

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Sunnysider

I like the bike lanes, some of us don’t have cars so it’s convenient to have another mode of transportation specially since the 7 is rarely functional.

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toni ostini

wow, really? how tone deaf are you? clearly had nothing to do with the bike lanes nor anything to do with the representation of our current Councilman. Desperate person likely looking for drugs. Go hard on the lanes somewhere appropriate.

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