A New York deli worker pulled a machete from under his counter and chased away an armed, masked gunman who fired a shot at the wall as he demanded money, police said.
Police on Long Island say the gunman entered the Stop & Shop Deli on Crooked Hill Road Sept. 25 and fired his silver .22-caliber pistol as he ordered the worker to stuff his Air Jordan backpack with cash.
But the 24-year-old worker, seen in surveillance video released by police, flipped the script on the robber and reached below his counter, where he grabbed a machete.
In less than three seconds, the worker withdrew the machete — which appeared to be about 2 feet long — from its black sheath, opened the gate in his counter and charged after the gunman.
The robber took off out the door as the deli worker chased him, slashing the machete in the air. He chased him all the way across the parking lot.