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Police: Store owner shot during robbery at Boost Mobile on West Ridge Road

Charles Molineaux
Updated: January 20, 2020 11:09 PM
Created: January 20, 2020 08:07 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Rochester police searched Monday night for the gunman who held up a store and shot and wounded the store owner.

The incident happened at about 7:15 p.m. at the Boost Mobile store on West Ridge Road.

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Police say one of the owners of the store was shot at least once in his upper body during a robbery. He’s a 41-year-old from Irondequoit.

He was transported to Strong Memorial Hospital by AMR with non-life-threatening injuries for treatment.

Co-owner Mark Remein says he doesn't know why this happened.

"Doing something like this, I don't make any sense of it," Remein said. "I don't know why it was done. I don't know why the guy decided to stop in at our shop and do this."

Security video from Boost Mobile shows the holdup turning into a shooting and Remein ended up seeing it as it unfolded on an app on his phone.

The video from the store’s security cameras shows a man all in black, wearing a hood, with his face covered, enter the store just as the victim was closing up for the night.

In the video, the man can be seen switching off the lights, then pointing a camera at the owner and at a woman customer. The gunman then scuffles with the victim.

In the struggle, the man appears to be shot in the shoulder.

"He was shot in the shoulder. While my partner was lying on the ground, the suspect then proceeded to go through his pants pockets and took his money and then after that he pretty much ran out," Remein said.

Afterward, the woman helps the victim up, and he gets on his phone and calls for help, even managing to gather his things for the trip to the hospital.

The other owner is expected to survive.

Remein says his partner is in pain, and he plans to be there at the hospital with him.

"I'll be there the whole night if I have to, you know," Remein said. "Sorry. I'm a little sad. I'm frustrated. I don't know what drives be able to do these things. I think it's all the name of getting a quick buck you're not doing that when you're shooting somebody defenseless. You can't be more cowardly than doing that in my opinion."

Remein said he'll be making some changes, like making sure whoever is at the store during closing time won't be alone, so they can be better prepared if anything like this happens again.

The incident is still under investigation.


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