Long Island pharmacist fights off robber with revolver

Posted at 7:27 PM, Jun 15, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-15 19:27:17-04

BELLMORE, LONG ISLAND (PIX11)– “Absolutely, he did the right thing. The pharmacist should be allowed to carry a gun.”

43-year-old Marc Gumpert of Freeport is now being charged with first degree robbery and criminal possession of a weapon after Nassau County police say he robbed Precision Pharmacy on Merrick Road of Ritalin and Dilaudid.

The robbery happened at 3:30 in the afternoon.

After the 34-year-old pharmacist handed over the prescription drugs, he followed the robber out of the store and spotted him standing by his car.

Police say the robber pulled out a knife and started walking towards him.

That’s when police say the pharmacist shot at the robber with his licensed revolver, missing him but hitting a rear tire.

The robber then jumped in a car and was spotted by a Nassau County ambulance driver and arrested.

Outside the drug store, customers applauded the quick work of the pharmacist, which led to Gumpert’s arrest.

“He was able to get his license plate number,” customer Mary Nolan told PIX 11. “Absolutely he did the right thing. The pharmacist should be allowed to carry a gun.”

The pharmacist reportedly decided to get a permit for a gun after two fatal, high profile drug store robberies on the Island within the past two years.

The first on Father’s Day June 19 2011 where four people were killed including a pharmacist and customers in Medford.

Prescription drug addict David Laffer pleaded guilty and is never expected to see the light of day.

And then six months later, New Year’s Eve, an off duty federal agent and another prescription drug addict were both killed in an attempted robbery of more prescription pain killers at a pharmacy in Seafood.

That bloody battle brought this comment from Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano:  “It is an epidemic, prescription drug abuse. It’s worse than heroin abuse.”