Customer Allegedly Shoots Staff Of NYC Smoke Shop After Being Kicked Out: REPORT

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Mariane Angela Entertainment And News Reporter
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A man who had been kicked out of a smoke shop in New York City allegedly returned and shot two employees Friday afternoon, according to the New York Post.

The alleged assailant reportedly opened fire on two workers, aged 21 and 22, in a Bronx smoke shop at 2:20 p.m., according to the outlet. The workers were immediately transported to a nearby hospital. The 21-year-old sustained a stomach wound and underwent immediate surgery; the 22-year-old was shot in the leg and is currently receiving medical attention, according to the  outlet.

The alleged shooter is believed to have been ejected from the establishment just two days earlier, an investigation revealed, the outlet reported. The motive, however, remains unclear if there was any interaction between the suspect and the victims before the shooting.

The older victim has reportedly been uncooperative with police inquiries, according to the New York Post. The suspect remains at large as of the time of publication. (RELATED: Teenage Fast Food Employee Shot Over Allegedly Botching Drink Order)

Disputes between customers and employees are not uncommon occurrences. A chaotic scene at a Toppers Pizza in California, for example, went viral in September. Four staff members, including one woman, reportedly engaged in a physical altercation with a customer. The customer, who had positioned himself behind the counter, was confronted by an employee insisting he leave the area. Despite the worker’s demands, the customer remained defiant.

The situation quickly escalated when the employee allegedly attempted to punch the customer, triggering an intense scuffle, with the customer allegedly retaliating aggressively. In response, three additional employees allegedly joined in to support their coworker. The group allegedly exchanged a flurry of punches and slaps in a collective effort to subdue the man.