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Dispute over $5 purchase ends in gunfire at Queens convenience store

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In Rosedale, Queens, a routine purchase of marijuana escalated into a violent altercation at a local convenience store, leaving a security guard injured and a suspect at large.

The incident occurred at the One Stop Convenience Store on 243rd St. near Mayda Road last Friday evening.

According to authorities, 23-year-old Jhlani Banks was attempting to buy $65 worth of marijuana from the store around 5:20 p.m. However, when Banks handed over only $60, the clerk requested the remaining $5 owed. Instead of complying, Banks allegedly attempted to leave the store. Unbeknownst to him, the store’s front door was equipped with an automatic lock, preventing his exit.

Facing a deadlock over the outstanding payment, the clerk enlisted the help of a 42-year-old security guard. What followed was a shocking turn of events, with Banks reportedly drawing a pistol and firing at the security guard, striking him in the shoulder.

Emergency services quickly responded to the scene and transported the wounded guard to Jamaica Hospital, where he received treatment for a minor gunshot wound. Meanwhile, Banks managed to flee before law enforcement arrived.

In response to the incident, police have established communication with Banks’ attorney, who indicated that his client is expected to surrender to authorities sometime this week.

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