Early in the evening on Wednesday, October 31st 2018, a man in his early 20’s held a pharmacist at gunpoint at the Stop & Shop in Franklin Lakes, NJ. The man was said to have light-colored hair and wore a gold and blue flannel coat with a blue hooded sweatshirt underneath, blue jeans, and white sneakers. Witnesses around the scene said he was of medium build and an average height. The pharmacist was threatened with a semi-automatic pistol to the face while being asked for a combination of cough syrup and codeine from the gunman. The pharmacist complied with the demand, giving over the drugs while the gunman ran away towards Franklin Avenue, without firing.
Several members of the Bergen County Sheriff ’s K-9 unit assisted in the investigation of the mystery shooter. The man was soon identified shortly after the event as Shane Mullis. Mullis is 18 years old and lives in Franklin Lakes. Mullis has remained in holding from Monday, November 5th in the Bergen County Jail following his arrest on Friday, November 2nd. He was charged with robbery, theft, and possession of weapons in connection with the robbery at the Franklin Avenue supermarket. In an interview by the Fair Lawn-Glen Rock Daily Voice, Captain of the Franklin Lakes Police Department John Baakelaar said, “The department received a number of fruitful, investigative leads from the publication of photographs captured from the store security video system.” This, along with other investigative evidence, is what led to Mullis’ arrest.
Several students from Ramapo High School are employed at the Stop & Shop located in Franklin Lakes. None of the students who work at this location were involved in the events of the gun scare or harmed in any way. When asked about her thoughts on the gunman entering her place of work, a Ramapo Senior employee said, “They told all of the employees not to talk about it with any kind of media outlet.”
By: Lizzy Coyne ’19, News Editor
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