- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 11, 2012

D.C. police are trying to identify a man who walked into a Northeast Rite Aid pharmacy and shot an employee Sunday night without any provocation.

Investigators released a video Monday that shows a man wearing a surgical mask and a striped polo shirt walking into the store, located at 1401 Rhode Island Ave., just prior to the shooting at 9:25 p.m.

“We don’t know what the motive is at this point in time,” Metropolitan Police Department Cmdr. George Kucik said. “A subject walked inside the Rite Aid and without any provocation or really any demands he shot one of the employees.”

The victim, a 30-year-old father of three, was shot in both legs and remains hospitalized.

“He is still not having feeling in one of his legs, so we are waiting to see how that goes,” said the victim’s cousin, Patricia Nalls.

The victim was working in the back of the store breaking down boxes when a person grabbed him from behind and at some point during the interaction shot him in both legs, his cousin said.

“My concern is that at the Rite Aid this is happening to employees every few months,” Ms. Nalls said.

In April, an employee at the store was shot during a robbery. Police made an arrest in that case, and investigators don’t think the incidents are related, Cmdr. Kucik said.

A few months before that, Ms. Nalls said her cousin was held up at gunpoint while working.

“Someone came in, put the gun to his head, but the trigger stuck,” she said. “All the employees are scared.”

Ms. Nalls said she went to the store Monday morning to talk to employees and was concerned that security guards were only posted at the store for a short time after the other incidents.

“This kind of working condition is not telling folks that they care about them,” she said of store management.

An employee who answered the phone Monday at the Rite Aid said he was not familiar with security protocol at the store because he and workers from other stores were filling in shifts for the regular employees of the Rhode Island Avenue store in the wake of the shooting.

Nothing appeared to be taken from the store by the gunman, and Ms. Nalls said she has no idea why anyone would want to target her cousin, who had immigrated from Guyana about five years ago and worked two jobs to support his family.

“My cousin is a hard-working guy,” she said.

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