At around 4:20 a.m. on Monday morning, four men barged into Lincoln Convenience at 2047 Broadway between West 70th and 71st streets, shooting a friend of a clerk in the left foot. The burglars took off with an unknown amount of cash and CBD oil, according to an NYPD spokesperson. The suspects are still at large. This is the second time in three days that Lincoln Convenience has been robbed by a group of men.
ILTUWS spoke briefly with Lincoln Convenience owner Ray Adams, who expressed concern for the wounded victim who was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital. The 29-year-old friend was there to show the business support, as it had been robbed just days earlier. “This has been an intense few days,” said Adams, who put his hands together and looked up. “I just thank God everyone here is okay. It’s a lot. There’s a lot of people reaching out.”
The first robbery at Lincoln Convenience took place around 6:30 a.m. on Friday, August 5, according to an employee, who told us a group of men came in “wearing masks and stole a lot of Delta-8.” When asked if they felt safe in the shop, they aired a sense of confidence and replied, “It’s like this all over the place.”
On Monday evening, the NYPD released the following footage of the thieves striking Lincoln Convenience.
WANTED-ASSAULT: On 8/8/22 at 4:10AM inside 2047 Bway @NYPD20PCT the unknown individuals discharged a firearm, striking the victim & removed property from the location. Any info call us at 800-577-TIPS or anonymously post a tip on our website https://t.co/TRPPY5zHV2. pic.twitter.com/k5NhbwjZQZ
— NYPD Crime Stoppers (@NYPDTips) August 8, 2022
The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled against New York’s restrictive gun licensing laws — making way for concealed carry guns on the streets. Governor Kathy Hochul has since approved new gun control legislation that would limit where people can carry guns, banning them in places like subways, Times Square, bars and restaurants. It would also block gun permits for people with a history of dangerous behavior and require background checks for ammunition purchases.
Not all New York government officials are in favor of the amendment. “No data has been presented that shows concealed carry permit holders are drivers of gun violence,” said Assemblyman Jarett Gandolfo in an CBS News interview. Assemblyman Michael Tannousis also told CBS, “The increase in crime here in New York can only be addressed effectively one way, and that is by holding violent criminals accountable for their actions.”