Queens tobacco shop worker killed in daring daytime raid: NYPD

A Queens smokehouse worker selling marijuana products was killed in a daring daylight raid on Saturday, police said.

The 20-year-old victim was working at the Plug Smoke Shop on Jamaica Avenue, near 110th Street in Richmond Hill, when around 12:15 p.m., three men broke in with guns and began taking tobacco and THC products, police said.

A man was pronounced dead in a Jamaica hospital after he was shot dead while working at The Plug Smoke Shop in Queens on March 18, 2023.

According to police and witnesses, during the blitz, one of the suspects opened fire, fatally wounding a worker.

“We heard three shots, and immediately after that, three more,” said one of the witnesses, who asked not to be named. “I ran in there and he was shot on the floor. He had two in his chest. He was bleeding from his mouth.”

A worker at a nearby store responds to the scene on March 18, 2023.

An ambulance took the victim to a hospital in Jamaica, but failed to save him. The name of the victim has not been released as police are looking for family members.

The suspects with the stolen items ran up to a white Toyota Camry waiting for them and sped away. No arrests were made.

Several THC products were found abandoned on the street outside the store.

Several THC products were found abandoned on the street outside the store.

The police were combing the area looking for CCTV footage that would help them identify the suspects.

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