Detectives and a phalanx of uniformed officers were searching the neighborhood for an armed man — who may have been working with others — who escaped after the robbery and shooting, which occurred at 12:25 p.m..
The details were still unfolding, but the police said that someone entered R.S. Durant Jewelry store at 962 Madison Avenue, between East 75th and 76th Streets, and that somehow in the ensuing moments, the worker was shot. It was not immediately known if the worker was the owner or an employee.
Paul J. Browne, the Police Department’s chief spokesman, said the victim was shot in the chest and died soon after. He could not immediately say what, if anything, was taken from the store. He could not identify the make of the gun involved in the shooting.
A high-level mobilization began immediately. Officers were scouring the area searching for whoever was responsible, Mr. Browne said.
He said the episode did not fit any ongoing pattern of jewelry store robberies in the area. The shooter is described as a black man in his 30s, 5-foot-10, and wearing a blue overcoat.
VIN News has learned the victim, has been identified as 72 year old Henry Menahem who lives Long Branch NJ
Chesed Shell Emes are at the scene and Misaskim units are at the Medical Examiners office.