According to several confirmed reports, a person was fatally shot during a robbery of a Queens smoke shop this past weekend.
The deadly shooting occurred inside the Plug Smoke Shop on Jamaica Avenue. Police responded to a call of shots fired and found the 20-year-old worker from the store shot in his chest.
Daryus Clarke was pronounced dead after being transported to Jamaica Medical Center.
Police are searching for a white Toyota with Florida license plates that may have been involved in the shooting.
“It’s the same story. They are getting robbed because they do a cash business, and they have drugs, it’s a two-for-one,” said one Queens officer.
This is the latest of a string of smoke shop shootings ever since marijuana retail sales were made legal to licensed businesses. Last month, a man was fatally shot at a Harlem smoke shop near the busy intersection of 125th Street and Fifth Avenue.
No arrests have been made in the Queens shooting as of yet.