The three men walked into a smoke shop on Hillside Avenue in Jamaica around 8 p.m. on Friday and one of them pulled out a gun.
The gunman then tried to grab the store clerk's arm and the suspects demanded cash, but the clerk, who was behind a clear barrier, pulled his arm away and refused to give it to them.
The attempted robbers eventually took off empty-handed and no one was injured.
Police are asking anyone with information 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 CrimeStoppers website at https://crimestoppers.nypdonline.org/ or on Twitter @NYPDTips.
All calls are strictly confidential.
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