​Police ID Suspect In NY Pharmacy Massacre

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June 21, 2011

Pharmacy Massacre – Police have identified the man they say shot and killed four people inside a New York pharmacy over the weekend, the New York Post reports. The man was caught on the pharmacies video camera’s while he committed the crime. Police say he is a man in his late 20s or early 30s, about 5-foot-8 with a thin build. He has dark hair, was unshaven or has a dark beard and mustache.

On Sunday morning the man walked into a small family owned pharmacy in Medford, NY, on Long Island. He then shot 4 people at close range and without warning, killing all four. He also stole prescription drugs before leaving the scene. He was also carrying a black backpack. Police rushed to the scene after getting a 911 call from someone in the pharmacy’s parking lot. When they arrived, they found two employees and two customers dead, said Suffolk County Police Department’s Chief of Detectives Dominick Varrone.

Suffolk County Police identified the dead employees as Raymond Ferguson, 45, of Centereach, and Jennifer Mejia, 17, of East Patchogue. Bryon Sheffield, 71, of Medford, and Jamie Taccetta, a 33-year-old woman from Farmingville, were identified as the two customers. Jennifer Mejia worked part-time at the pharmacy while attending Bellport High School, where she was finishing her senior year, said her father, Rene Mejia. “I don’t know what happened,” he said. “She was supposed to graduate Thursday.”

News of the shootings stunned neighbors, who said they heard the commotion after police arrived, but saw nothing of the crime. “It’s absolutely crazy. There are no words,” said Scott Radice, who lives four houses up the street from Haven Drugs and said he has been a customer for 15 years. “I’m hoping they had cameras in the pharmacy, so they can catch this guy.”

“This is a family business. Everyone goes there. It is our neighborhood pharmacy,” said neighbor Kathy Culhane. “If you had a problem with prescriptions, he’d go to bat for you,” she said of the owner, who wasn’t at the pharmacy when the shooting happened.

“In all my law enforcement experience and in the experience of the police that are involved in this investigation, this is one of the most heinous, brutal crimes we have ever encountered,” Suffolk County Police Commissioner Richard Dormer said during a news conference at police headquarters Monday afternoon. “We’re committed to finding the cold-blooded killer.”

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