Popular clerk shot during robbery

September 5, 2008 5:53:30 PM PDT
A well-known clerk is in extremely critical condition after being shot during a store robbery in a Long Island strip mall. Nassau police say no customers were in the store during the 1 p.m. Friday robbery and shooting. They say the armed robber took cash from the store and fled.

Police say the 69-year-old man is hospitalized in critical condition. His name was not immediately released but investigators say he had worked at the store for about 20 years.

The stationery store robbery occurred in a busy strip mall that includes a supermarket, liquor store and restaurant.

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