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A pair of masked gunmen are being sought for shooting a Sheepshead Bay liquor store employee during a brazen gunpoint robbery – the seventh that the duo has reportedly committed since the beginning of September, according to police.
Officials said that the two suspects are wanted for at least four liquor store robberies in both Manhattan and Brooklyn, as well as robberies at two groceries and a Manhattan steakhouse.
Police said that their most recent heist took place on October 8 when the two thugs barged into Full Moon Liquors on Nostrand Avenue near Kings Highway.
The five witnesses inside the store said that the suspects came in wearing black masks and hooded sweatshirts at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Waving guns, the thieves ordered everyone behind the counter to hand over the store receipts.
“If anybody moves you’ll get shot,” one of the men screamed.
When one of the suspects went behind the counter to take the money from the register, one of the workers jumped him, officials said.
His partner reportedly exited the store, firing as he went, hitting a 22-year-old employee four times.
Police said that the employee was rushed to Kings County Hospital with non life-threatening injuries.
The thieves were last seen scrambling off down Nostrand Avenue empty-handed.
Robbery investigators believe that the two suspects in the liquor store robbery were also responsible for a recent raid on the Claddagh Inn, 3042 Nostrand Avenue.
Police said that the suspects entered the bar at 11:20 p.m. on September 24 and announced a robbery.
The thieves were demanding the money from the till when a patron reportedly picked up a chair and struck one of the suspects with it.
The thieves ran out of the store and were last seen fleeing the area in a dark-colored SUV.
Investigators said that the thieves either flee the area on foot or have also been seen speeding off in a silver Nissan.
The thieves are also responsible for a robbing a grocery on East 12th Street in Manhattan on September 6, a liquor store on First Avenue in Manhattan on September 12, a steakhouse on Lexington Avenue on September 15 and a liquor store on Grand Avenue in Manhattan on September 26.
The thieves are believed to be black males between 18 and 22 years old. One of the men is between six feet tall and 6’2” with a slim build.
The second man is shorter, between 5’4” and 5’7” with a medium build.
Anyone with information regarding their whereabouts is urged to come forward.
Calls can be made to the NYPD CrimeStopper hotline at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.
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