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Elmont gas station worker pistol-whipped in robbery

An Elmont gas station employee was pistol-whipped in the face during a Wednesday night armed robbery in which the robber fired a shot that hit a wall, police said.

A man flashed a gun and demanded money from two employees in a USA Gas station on Meacham Avenue around 9:14 p.m., police said.

The robber hit one of the employees in the face with the gun, then chased the other employee, who fled the store, police said.

Outside, the bandit pointed the gun at the employee and demanded money, getting about $10 from him, police said. The robber fired a shot at the employee, striking the wall, before fleeing toward Scimitar Avenue, police said.

The injured worker was taken to Franklin Hospital Medical Center where he was treated for a fractured nose, bruises around the eye and cuts to the forehead, police said.

The robber was described as about 6 feet tall and wearing a maroon-colored hooded sweatshirt and jeans.

Detectives ask anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.

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