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Gunman shoots up Canarsie deli, assaults employee

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Police are searching for the man who allegedly shot up a Canarsie deli and assaulted an employee on April 15. 

According to the NYPD, the assailant entered the store at 1376 Rockaway Parkway just before 10 a.m., before getting into a verbal argument with the 41-year-old male employee.

After the dispute escalated, the perp punched the victim, and attempted to stab him with a knife, but ran off, cops said. 

A short while later, the assailant returned to the store with a firearm, and unloaded two rounds into the store — thankfully not hitting anyone. 

After the gunshots, the suspect fled in a black Mercedes Benz SUV along E. 96th Street, according to police. 

The store employee refused medical attention on the scene.  

Police described the man as bald, and between 50 and 60 years old. He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, blue jeans and brown shoes. 

Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at https://crimestoppers.nypdonline.org/, or on Twitter @NYPDTips.  

All calls are strictly confidential.  

For more coverage of Canarsie, head to BrooklynPaper.com.