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How a casual scene outside a Frankford convenience store quickly turned deadly

No one in the group of men outside the Kings Convenience Store on Frankford Avenue Thursday night seemed to notice the man in the medical mask who strode by them.



a person wearing a uniform: Deputy Police Commissioner Christine Coulter talks to the media where 6 people were shot one fatality on the 4900 block of Frankford Avenue, Thursday.


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Deputy Police Commissioner Christine Coulter talks to the media where 6 people were shot one fatality on the 4900 block of Frankford Avenue, Thursday.

Until he turned and opened fire with a 9mm handgun.

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Surveillance video recovered by police shows how a casual moment outside a convenience store that turned deadly as the still-unidentified gunman killed one man and wounded five others — and sparked a running gun battle that littered the street with nearly 50 bullet casings.

One of the men targeted by the gunman fired back, chasing him down a nearby side street.

Meanwhile, neighbors huddled with their children on their living room floors to avoid stray shots.

The shooting

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Ban on menthol cigarettes sends sales to black market, convenience store owners say

Convenience store owners already suffering from slow sales amid the coronavirus pandemic say a ban on menthol cigarettes has set the stage for a thriving black market “on every corner of the city.”



BOSTON, MA. - OCTOBER 8: BCSOA secretary Humayan Morshed speaking for convenience store owners at the State House on October 8, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts, shows screen grabs of undercover videos that shows illicit street sales of menthol cigarettes. (Staff Photo By Matt Stone/ MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)


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BOSTON, MA. – OCTOBER 8: BCSOA secretary Humayan Morshed speaking for convenience store owners at the State House on October 8, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts, shows screen grabs of undercover videos that shows illicit street sales of menthol cigarettes. (Staff Photo By Matt Stone/ MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

“The biggest problem facing us right now is people going out of state, buying cigarettes, coming in front of stores and selling,” said Humayun Morshed, secretary of the Boston Convenience Store Owners Association.

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Massachusetts’ toughest-in-the-nation ban on flavored tobacco products — including menthol cigarettes and mint and wintergreen — went into effect on June 30, despite staunch opposition from store owners. The law

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Boston convenience store owner call for repeal of menthol cigarette ban

Boston convenience store owners are calling on state lawmakers to repeal the menthol cigarette ban and will release an undercover video on Thursday that they say shows widespread illicit sales of the cigarettes.



a close up of a box on a table: NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 15: In this photo illustration, packs of menthol cigarettes sits on a table. (Photo Illustration by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)


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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 15: In this photo illustration, packs of menthol cigarettes sits on a table. (Photo Illustration by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Store owners will release the video on the State House steps, showing what they call illicit street sales of menthol cigarettes, as lawmakers hold an email-only hearing on a bill to temporarily repeal the state’s first-in-the-nation menthol ban.

The ban on menthol cigarettes and mint and wintergreen tobacco went into effect on June 30, despite staunch opposition from the association and others in communities of color, who warned lawmakers that it was racially biased and would create a new illicit market that would increase crime and

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