An armed gunman was caught on security film walking up to a New York City deli worker and firing a handgun at point blank range on Wednesday afternoon.
Footage shows an employee at Rockaway Express Deli in South Ozone Park, Queens, treating a customer from behind the counter before the gunman walks up to him and shoots him in the face without hesitation, the New York Post reported. (RELATED: California And New York Compete For Who Can Lose More Residents)
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The gunman was dressed in all black and used a mask to cover his face. He was later identified as Donnie Hudson, a 35-year-old living in an apartment above the deli. Authorities arrested Hudson hours after the shooting and found a backpack carrying an AR-15 and three magazines full of ammo, ABC7 reported.
He allegedly got into a dispute with deli workers at 12:30 p.m. and walked back into the deli at 2:30 p.m. to carry out the shooting. Hudson reportedly told detectives deli employees were stealing from his apartment.
The employee seen in the footage received treatment at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center after he was shot in the eye. A second victim checked into the hospital for a wrist injury, possible from a bullet, bullet fragment or shell casing.
Hudson has been charged with attempted murder, criminal possession of a machine gun, criminal possession of a loaded firearm, criminal possession of an ammo clip, criminal possession of a large capacity ammo-feeding device and unlawful possession of an ammo-feeding device.