Shots Fired At Southport Pharmacy Robbery

Armed Robbery at Steed

Southport (WENY) -- People are shaken after an armed robbery at Steed's Pharmacy this afternoon. 

Sheriff Chris Moss says a 5 foot 10 white male with a hand gun stole narcotics, and fired shots at clerks as he fled Steed's Pharmacy.

The suspect was wearing a gray hoodie and left the store in a blue or black two-door sedan with a New York license plate and a rear spoiler. 

A witness said her son called 911 when he came out of the neighboring Dollar Store and saw the suspect run. Employees at the adjacent shop said they heard a big commotion and ran to their cars for safety until the police came.  Other people on the scene said they were just in the pharmacy minutes before the robbery, and that the owner, Matt, and two young female employees were working at the time.

"I think it's horrifying," said pharmacy customer Janet Usselman. "They're the nicest people. They're just every day working hard people. This is a pharmacist who won't open on weekends so he can spend time with his family. It's awful."

Police have been outside in the back looking for evidence. The owner was there with them, and Lieutenant Holley said they're still processing the crime scene while other policemen hunt for the suspect.


UPDATE (6:46pm)

The following is a press release from the Chemung County Sheriff's Office:

The Chemung County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating an armed robbery that occurred this date at about 1:04 p.m. at Steed’s Pharmacy located at 1141 Broadway in the Town of Southport. The suspect was described as a white male subject about 5’9” – 5’11” tall, thin build, with short light brown colored hair. He was wearing a pair of gray sweatpants with a blue stripe down the leg and a dark colored gray hoodie. The suspect had, what was described as, a second hoodie on backwards over his face with two holes cut out for the eyes.

The suspect entered the establishment, walked to the rear of the store and displayed a handgun to two of the clerks behind the counter. The suspect subsequently entered the rear counter area and removed an unknown quantity of narcotic medication. Upon fleeing the store the suspect ran to the rear of the business leading to Carter St. at which time he was confronted by the store owner. During the encounter the suspect discharged his firearm toward the store owner but no one was struck or injured during the encounter.

The suspect was last seen leaving the area in a dark blue or black colored small two-door vehicle in a westerly direction on Carter St. toward Broadway. The vehicle did have a rear spoiler on it and newer NY license plates. No further description of the suspect or vehicle are available at this time. The Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division is asking that anyone who may have been in the area at or about this time that saw anything suspicious to please contact 737-2933.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the New York State Police and the Elmira Police Department.