Bellmore pharmacist shoots at fleeing robber

Alleged pharmacy robber Marc Gumpert

June 15, 2013 9:37:16 AM PDT
A druggist who bought a gun after getting spooked by a string of bloody pharmacy robberies on Long Island fired a shot at a fleeing bandit during yet another medication heist.

Nassau County police say the robbery happened at 3:30 p.m. Friday in Bellmore.

Police say a man entered a pharmacy and demanded Ritalin and the painkiller Dilaudid.

The pharmacist complied, but followed the robber outside.

Police say the bandit pulled a knife. The pharmacist fired once, hitting the ground and the suspect's car.

The robber sped off, but an ambulance driver later spotted the car.

Police arrested 43-year-old Marc Gumpert, of Freeport.

In 2011, five people died during two pharmacy robberies in Medford and Seaford.