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Elmont store clerk scares off would-be robbers with shotgun, police say

A bodega worker in Elmont scared off handgun-toting bandits who were trying to rob the cashier when he whipped out a shotgun, Nassau County police said.

Police say the shotgun that the worker brandished was behind the counter when the two bandits came into the Elmont Deli at about 4:15 a.m. Saturday and pointed a handgun at the cashier, demanding money from him. Another employee produced the handgun, police said.

"After he brought out the gun, they run away," said Sias Jihan, a co-worker of the employee who had the shotgun.

The bodega is located at 237-01 Linden Blvd., police said.

The bandits are still on the loose, police said. Detectives are asking anyone with information about the crime to call their hotline: 800-244-TIPS.