Store owner shot, critically injured in W. Oak Lane

A store owner was hospitalized in extremely critical condition after being shot twice during an attempted armed robbery in West Oak Lane Tuesday night.  

About 7:30 p.m., police responded to Haines Street near Rodney in West Oak Lane and found the 39-year-old man suffering from gunshot wounds to his right arm and the right side of his chest.

Police said the suspect walked into the store and reached behind the counter. A struggle ensued, and the man fired at least three shots before he fled the scene on foot.

The victim’s blood was splattered on the floor just inside the store’s doorway Tuesday night.

It was not immediately clear whether anything was taken from the store, and the store owner was taken to the Albert Einstein Medical Center.

The victim’s 16-year-old son and 18-year-old nephew were on the scene after the shooting. A kitchen worker and a customer were inside when the robbery unfolded, police said.  

Surveillance cameras inside the store recorded the incident, and police were reviewing it Tuesday night to gather details on the suspect.

The suspect is described as a man who is about 6-feet-tall and was wearing dark clothing, blue jeans, white and black sneakers, and a mask.

He was last seen running from the store on Haines Street.

No arrests were made.