Police looking for serial robber after Duane Reade manager shot in the head in Queens: sources

WOODSIDE, Queens — Police are looking for a serial robber after a Duane Reade manager was shot in the head after his store was robbed in Queens early Monday morning, police sources said.

The 49-year-old man was shot in the head and left hand by the alleged robber after a brief struggle shortly at about 3:30 a.m. inside the store, located near the intersection of Roosevelt Avenue and 60th Street in the Woodside section of Queens, police said. The victim was taken to a hospital in critical condition.

About 25 minutes after the first incident, the shooter made their way less than a mile away and robbed a 7-11 store, located on Northern Boulevard and Woodside Avenue, also in Woodside, Queens.

Then at about 4:15 a.m., the robber went to a Rite Aide, located on 30th Avenue and 33rd Street, and robbed the store, according to sources.

Sources said the robber is suspected in a fourth incident, but did not provide additional information.

Police did not immediately release any information about the robber, and no arrests have been made.

The Roosevelt Avenue Duane Reade remained closed Monday, according to Phil Caruso with Walgreens Media Relations.

"Our first concern is the safety of our team members and customers," Caruso said in a statement. "We are currently evaluating security measures at this location and will make enhancements to them as necessary when the store reopens."

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