Teen shot dead during robbery in parking lot of NYC BJ’s

A 19-year-old man was shot dead by a teen who tried to rob him in the parking lot of a Brooklyn BJ’s Wholesale Club store late Thursday, cops said. 

Dereck Chen, 19, of Bensonhurst was in an upper-level parking area of the Shore Parkway store in Bath Beach with a friend around 10:15 p.m. when the 18-year-old suspect approached him and forced him into the elevator alone, authorities said. 

Chen and the suspect took the elevator from the third to the first floor of the garage, police said. 

As they got off the elevator, the suspect snatched Chen’s backpack, cops said. 

As Chen struggled to grab it back, the killer pulled out a gun and blasted him in the face and right shoulder, authorities said. 

Chen – who lived about 2 miles from the scene – was rushed to NYU Langone Hospital-Brooklyn, where he was pronounced dead, cops said. 

Dereck Chen, 19, was in the parking area of the Shore Parkway store in Bath Beach with a friend around 10:15 p.m. Thursday when the 18-year-old suspect approached him and forced him into the elevator alone, authorities said.
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Police converge on the scene where a 19-year-old man was shot dead during a robbery in the BJ's parking garage.
The suspect was taken into custody with charges pending, authorities said.
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The teen gunman was arrested a short time later, and a gun was recovered at the scene, police said. 

Charges are pending, and the suspect was not immediately identified by authorities.

In a statement issued to WCBS, BJ’s called the shooting a “terrible tragedy.” 

“BJ’s Wholesale Club joins our Bath Beach community in mourning the loss of the victim and denouncing violence of any kind,” the statement said. “The safety and security of our BJ’s members, team members and community is our top priority, and we are working with local authorities and security experts to ensure the safest environment.”