By Robert Pozarycki
The gun-toting thief who shot a Woodside pharmacy employee during a botched attempted stickup early Monday morning held up three other Queens shops within two hours of the shooting, police reported.
Law enforcement sources said the 49-year-old male worker was shot in the head by the unknown suspect Nov. 26 just before 3:30 a.m. inside of the Duane Reade pharmacy located at 60-02 Roosevelt Ave., near the corner of Roosevelt Avenue and 60th Street. He’s listed in critical condition at Elmhurst Hospital.
Following the shooting, police said the gunman took off and went on a robbery spree throughout Queens, stealing unknown amounts of cash at gunpoint from three other businesses without further incident.
According to the New York Post, the suspect robbed a 7-Eleven convenience store located near the corner of Northern Boulevard and Woodside Avenue in Woodside about a half-hour after the Duane Reade shooting, at 4:01 a.m. Less than 15 minutes later, he traveled up to Astoria and held up the Rite Aid pharmacy at the corner of 30th Avenue and 33rd Street.
Finally, police linked the suspect to an armed robbery at 5:40 a.m. inside of a Rite Aid pharmacy located at the corner of 115th Avenue and Merrick Boulevard in St. Albans.
Cops described the suspect as a black man of an unknown age who was last seen wearing a black hooded jacket, black jeans and white sneakers. He was seen leaving the robberies behind the wheel of a silver Honda vehicle.
Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts can call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (for Spanish, dial 888-57-PISTA). All calls and messages are kept confidential.