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Employee shot in robbery at Bay Ridge smoke shop, suspect sought

BAY RIDGE, Brooklyn — Police are searching for the person who shot a man during a robbery at a smoke shop in Brooklyn early Thursday.

Police are searching for the gunman who shot a man during a robbery at a smoke shop in Brooklyn early Thursday

Around midnight, an unidentified man entered Moes Smoke Shop on 7123 Fifth Ave. in Bay Ridge and demanded money from the store employee, police said.

The employee, 40, complied and gave the robber money, said police.

The suspect shot the employee in the stomach and fled the scene on foot, said authorities.

The employee was taken to the hospital and is expected to survive.

The robber got away with an undisclosed amount of cash and has not been apprehended.

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