Saturday, December 31, 2011

Pharmacy Robbery On L.I.

A man who police say robbed a pharmacy Saturday was shot and killed in a confrontation outside the Long Island store as he was leaving.

Nassau County police said the unidentified man entered the pharmacy and announced a robbery about 2 p.m. in Seaford, then exited with cash and drugs. Three people intervened as the man left the shop, police said.

The suspect was shot during the confrontation and a second person was injured, police said. The nature of the injury wasn't immediately clear.

Police closed off the sidewalk with tape and covered the body with a white sheet while they investigated, said Razov Felice, owner of an Italian restaurant down the street. Felice said the area has been struggling with a growing tide of prescription drug abuse.

"There is a lot of problem in Long Island with these drugs," Felice said. "I don't know what people are thinking. The more people talk about these drugs, the more people are trying them."

The shooting occurred about 30 miles west of another Long Island pharmacy where four people were gunned down by a drug addict during a robbery in July.

Nationwide, armed robberies at pharmacies rose 81 percent between 2006 and 2010, from 380 to 686, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

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