Police are looking for the gunman who shot a 49-year-old Duane Reade store manager in the head and thumb at a 24-hour drugstore location in Queens on Monday morning.
The victim, an overnight manager, was shot inside the Duane Reade near Roosevelt and Woodside avenues about 3:30 a.m., according to the NYPD.
The man was taken to Elmhurst Hospital; police said he is in critical condition.
In the next hour, the suspect went on to rob a 7-Eleven in Woodside, a Rite-Aid in Astoria and a Rite-Aid in St. Albans, police said.
"It's a shame," said Joseph Tramontana, who runs a small business on Roosevelt Avenue across the street from Duane Reade. "You go to work in the morning. The poor guy came to work, with a family, and look what happened."
Four months ago, someone killed a man outside the same store.
"We frequent these stores every day," said Woodside resident Pat Marsh. "To this in this area is horrifying."
A Duane Reader spokesman said in a statement to News 4, "Our thoughts and prayers are with our team member who was critically injured earlier this morning. We are currently evaluating security measures at this location and will make enhancements to them as necessary when the store reopens."
Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.