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    Four people were shot to death Sunday morning in Medford, N.Y. drugstore. Police say the event, which left every person in the store killed, was a robbery gone wrong. Two of the victims were workers and two were consumers.



    Four left killed in pharmacy



    The event took place about 10:20 a.m. at Haven Drugs, a family-owned drugstore in the Long Island town of Medford, about 60 miles east of NYC. Suffolk County Chief of Law enforcement Detectives, Dominick Varrone, said the law enforcement received a 911 call Sunday morning from somebody in the parking lot. Four bodies were found when they arrived. There were young and old people killed. They were ages 17 to 71.



    Targets in high school



    Jennifer Mejia, a 17-year-old high school student, was a part-time employee at the pharmacy. Rene Mejia, her father, said "I don't know what happened. She was intended to graduate Thursday."



    Kimberly Jimenez was Mejia's 18 year old friend. "She was a walking angel on earth," she said. "She gave me a bracelet and said God would watch out for me. Why couldn't God watch out for her?"



    Three more targets



    Three other targets were identified. One was 71 year old Bryon Sheffield, another was 45 year old Raymond Ferguson and the third was 33 year old Jamie Taccetta.



    As reported by a resident named Kathy Culhane, "This is a family business. Everyone goes there. It is our neighborhood pharmacy." Another neighbor, Scott Radice, said, "It's absolutely crazy. There are no words. I'm hoping they had cameras in the drugstore so they can catch this guy."



    Getting the male caught



    A photo of the suspect was released by police after looking at surveillance footage. He is a man in his late 20s or early 30s. He killed every person in the store before leaving after stealing prescription drugs with a handgun.



    As reported by law enforcement, the man is a "very dangerous" one and any person with information leading to his arrest will get a $5,000 reward.



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    abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=13879353



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    huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/19/pharmacy-shooting-4-killed_n_880118.html

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    I'm confused, it said every person in the store was killed: 4 people. But then it said there were 5 targets? Did I misread something?

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    You're reading a shitty article from a spam site. OP-tard forgot to put in the link.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeChayz View Post
    I'm confused, it said every person in the store was killed: 4 people. But then it said there were 5 targets? Did I misread something?
    From what I remember: There were no targets. A guy trying to steal Oxycodone walked into the store, walked through a door that separates the door from the pharmacy and killed two employees. One was a 17-year-old girl who had filled in at the last minute so that another employee could celebrate Father's Day. The other employee was a pharmacist.

    The shooter then stole Oxycodone. Two customers apparently came in inadvertently after the shooting and the shooter shot both of them, and then walked out. One was a 70-year-old grandfather. The other was a 30-something mother of two who was about to be married this week. Her fiancee was waiting for her in the car the whole time. He was concerned about how long it was taking, went into the store and saw the carnage. After he realized that he couldn't revive her, he called 911.

    There is a massive manhunt now, and they have a picture of the shooter from a security cam. The thing about the story is that he show people at point-blank range without any provocation.

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    The 33 yr old woman was getting married in the fall, not this week, but still extremely tragic.

    They made an arrest:



    Cops arrested a man today who is suspected of killing four people Sunday at a Long Island pharmacy.

    The identity of the suspect was not released by Suffolk County police, although he was arrested and led out in handcuffs at about 10:30 a.m. at the Medford home owned by David Laffer, 33.

    Sources told The Post that Laffer does have a military background, although it remains unknown whether he is the man who unleashed the massacre at Haven Drugs Pharmacy before walking out with a bag loaded with prescription painkillers.

    The arrest comes three days after a man walked into the pharmacy and killed four people.


    Haven Pharmacy in Medofrd where an armed man shot and killed druggist Raymond Ferguson, 45, of Centereach; cashier Jennifer Mejia, 17, of East Patchogue, and customers Bryon Sheffield, 71, of Medford, and Jamie Taccetta, 33, of Farmingville.




    On Monday, cops released stunning footage showing the baseball-capped fiend first strolling into the tiny mom-and-pop shop at about 10:20 a.m. Sunday, only minutes after druggist Raymond Ferguson, 45, had opened up the Southaven Avenue store along with a cashier, 17-year-old Bellport HS senior Jennifer Mejia.

    Mejia wasn't supposed to be working that day -- her sister, also an employee, had already taken the day off. But Mejia volunteered to cover Father's Day for an older male co-worker who has kids.

    She and Ferguson were standing behind the drug counter when the nervous, scrawny robber -- an addict hunting his drug of choice, oxycodone -- opened a door to the enclosed area where they were and entered.

    Without hesitation, the deranged druggie then "executed the workers" in cold blood, a law-enforcement source said.

    Then, within minutes, two unsuspecting store patrons entered the shop.

    Byron Sheffield, a 71-year-old grandpa, had come in to get his usual prescription. Jamie Taccetta, a 33-year-old physical therapist and mother of two, was making a quick pit stop at the shop to pick up thyroid medication.

    Taccetta's fiancé -- whom she was set to marry Oct. 15 -- was waiting for her in their car outside in the parking lot.

    The gunman -- a weasly figure sporting a backpack, beard and sunglasses -- calmly walked to the front of the shop, where Taccetta was standing at a counter and Sheffield was in a nearby aisle.

    The killer then pumped a single bullet into the back of the head of Taccetta without saying anything, her family said.

    And still without uttering a word, he shot Sheffield, too.

    Cops said the gunman then began stuffing oxycodone pills into his black backpack and fled back out the front door -- making sure he shoved his white baseball cap down over his face as he left.


    Read more: Cops arrest suspect in Long Island drug store killings - NYPOST.com

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    What a mindless waste of lives.

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    So sad and senseless. I hope that guy rots in Hell.

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    yeah and the OP

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    disgusting

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    I wonder if it's the same guy. Wedding announcement in 2009 of a guy with the same name, location, and age:



    And the suspect being hauled out of his home today:

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    Looks like him.
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    Wow. Drugs are a terrible thing kids. The poor families of the victims. Hope this brings them some comfort.

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    Judge Denies Bail to Suspect in Drugstore Killings

    By AL BAKER and JOSEPH GOLDSTEIN

    Published: June 23, 2011

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/24/ny...gs.html?_r=1#h[]

    The first one to die was the pharmacist.

    There had been some conversation first, Suffolk County prosecutors said on Thursday, apparently the only words that the suspect, David Laffer, would utter inside Haven Drugs that Sunday.
    Then, without warning, Mr. Laffer pulled out a handgun and shot the pharmacist, Raymond Ferguson, the prosecutors said. It was unclear if Mr. Ferguson recognized Mr. Laffer, who had been a customer before. Even if he had known him, Mr. Laffer was wearing a disguise: sunglasses, a cap, a fake beard.
    Mr. Laffer then turned his gun on Jennifer Mejia, 17, a high school student who worked at the drugstore in Medford, on Long Island, the prosecutor, John Collins, said at Mr. Laffer’s arraignment.

    After killing the two employees, Mr. Laffer walked through the store, before returning to where Mr. Ferguson lay, and shooting him twice more.
    When two customers — Jaime Taccetta, 33, and Bryon Sheffield, 71 — entered the store, Mr. Laffer ambushed them, “shooting them in the back of the head,” Mr. Collins said.




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    The mug shot of David Laffer, who has been charged with first-degree murder in the killings of four people on Sunday at Haven Drugs in Medford, on Long Island.

    On Thursday, law enforcement officials offered the first public accounts of the quadruple homicide, using terms like coldblooded and execution-style. Mr. Laffer, 33, was charged with first-degree murder and resisting arrest; his wife, Melinda Brady, 29, was charged with third-degree robbery and obstructing governmental administration.
    Officials said that Ms. Brady was cooperating with detectives, which seemed apparent early Thursday, as she was led away from police headquarters.
    “He did it, he did all of this,” Ms. Brady said of her husband as she was escorted into a police vehicle.
    At a news conference at Suffolk County Police headquarters, officials struggled to explain why Mr. Laffer, a former soldier, would resort to such extreme violence. He had no criminal background before the shootings, they said.

    Richard Dormer, the Suffolk County police commissioner, said it was “difficult to comprehend” why someone would “suddenly engage in this type of violent behavior.”
    Inside Mr. Laffer's home in Medford, a search warrant yielded a cache of unspecified weapons and ammunition and evidence linking him to the crime. Mr. Collins, the prosecutor, said that the authorities had found a .45-caliber handgun in Mr. Laffer’s home.

    He added that a piece of paper found on the pharmacy’s floor contained Mr. Laffer’s fingerprints — the paper is believed to have initially sat atop the pharmacy’s counter, Mr. Collins said.
    At the arraignment in Central Islip, Mr. Laffer’s attorney, Mary-Elizabeth Abbate, pleaded not guilty on Mr. Laffer’s behalf. With slumped shoulders and a bowed head, he stood before Judge Toni Bean of Suffolk County District Court. He said nothing to the judge, but he could be seen leaning in and speaking softly to his lawyer at several points.

    Ms. Abbate told the judge that Mr. Laffer had two black eyes as well as injuries to his nose and forehead. She did not offer an account of how the injuries occurred, and asked that her client be granted bail.
    But Judge Bean ordered Mr. Laffer held without bail — drawing an immediate reaction from relatives of one of the victims, Jaime Taccetta.

    “You are a coward for what you did to our family,” yelled James Fegel, an uncle of Ms. Taccetta’s. Those words were immediately echoed by Ms. Taccetta’s brother, Daniel, who shouted, “A coward.”

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    At a news conference at Suffolk County Police headquarters, officials struggled to explain why Mr. Laffer, a former soldier, would resort to such extreme violence.
    Really? It's a struggle to understand how a drug addicted ex-soldier acted violently?
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