Manhunt continues in Hague after shooting

April 26, 2017 07:01 PM

HAGUE - A manhunt continues for the person who shot a store owner in Hague. This happened late Tuesday at the Hague Market on Graphite Mountain Road. So far, the shooter remains on the run.

The very latest here is the store owner is going to be fine, according to state police, even though he was shot three times during a robbery gone bad, he talked to police at the hospital and told them what happened.

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"We just can't believe that this has happened. It's a disaster," explained Douglas Zeyak, the former storeowner.

Douglas Zeyak and his wife, Sharon, are the previous owners of the Hague Market on Graphite Mountain Road. They say they sold it to Jim six years ago and never imagined it would become the scene of a robbery and shooting.

"It just affects me so bad because it's still really a part of us," noted Sharon Zeyak.

Their friend, Jim, was shot multiple times Tuesday when police say a thief barged in and demanded money. The suspect took off on foot with an unknown amount of cash. Police say he also had a female accomplice with him. They've been searching the area ever since looking for them.

State police believe they're still in the area. They do plan to expand the search to more than a 30-mile radius and they're asking the public for help.

Friends of the store owner are hoping for the best. State police say he will recover. His wounds are non-life threatening.

"One of the nicest guys you want to meet. Hard working guy. Come up from New Jersey. He always summered up here," noted Sal Santiniello, a friend.

Santiniello, who owns the general store not too far from the crime scene, says Jim decided to move up here because he wanted a quiet retirement and this is quite a setback.

The suspect is described as a white male about six feet, two inches tall, 250 pounds wearing a camouflage face mask. Another suspect is described as a white female, five feet, four inches tall weighing 200 pounds, with a long green skirt and black shawl.


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