WATCH: Men in monkey masks rob Queens bodega, shoot man

November 18, 2018 - 1:54 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Men wearing badges and monkey masks robbed an Astoria convenience store and shot a man who chased after them, police and witnesses say.

Abdul Kuddus told 1010 WINS that he was working behind the butcher’s counter at the Bonoful Grocery on 36th Avenue Saturday night when the men came in.

Kuddus says two of them were wearing the badges and monkey masks. 

“I can see the badge,” Kuddus said through a translator. “If they are a cop, why do they have the mask on? It doesn’t make sense.”

They displayed a gun and one of them ransacked the register, stealing $2,000 in cash, according to witnesses.

Surveillance video obtained by 1010 WINS shows one of the men rummaging through the cash register as the other men stand near the door, hoods over their heads. 

One of the men can clearly be seen holding a handgun as the trio leaves the store.

When the store owner’s brother-in-law, 30-year-old Mohammed Ahmad, ran after the men, they opened fire.

Kuddus says that's when he heard a gun go off and saw Ahmad.

“He was lying down and he got shot,” Kuddus said.

Ahmad was taken to a hospital in stable condition with a bullet wound to his leg.

"The person who got shot, he's brand new in this country. So he doesn't have a lot of idea about the rules and regulations, and he was probably just trying to help," Kuddus said.

The three suspects got into a van and were still at large on Sunday, police say.