Medford, NY area
A Long Island suburb is shocked by killings. Image: worldislandinfo/Flickr/CC BY

Four people were shot to death Sunday morning in a Medford, N.Y., pharmacy. Police say the incident, which left everyone in the store dead, was a robbery gone wrong. Two of the victims were employees and two were customers.

Police find bodies upon arrival

The incident occurred about 10:20 a.m. at Haven Drugs, a family-owned pharmacy in the Long Island town of Medford, about 60 miles east of New York City.  Suffolk County Chief of Police Detectives, Dominick Varrone, said the police received a 911 call Sunday morning from somebody in the parking lot. Upon arrival they found the four bodies. The ages of the victims ranged from 17 to 71.

Victim was about to graduate

Jennifer Mejia, a 17-year-old high school student, was a part-time employee at the pharmacy. Her father, Rene Mejia, said, “I don’t know what happened. She was supposed to graduate Thursday.”

“She was a walking angel on earth,” said Kimberly Jimenez, 18, who was a friend of Mejia. “She gave me a bracelet and said God would watch out for me. Why couldn’t God watch out for her?”

Other victims identified

The other victims have been identified as Raymond Ferguson, 45, Bryon Sheffield, 71, and Jamie Taccetta, 33.

Kathy Culhane, a resident in the neighborhood, said, “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 pharmacy so they can catch this guy.”

Photo of gunman released

Police have reviewed the surveillance footage of the crime and have released a photo of the suspect. He is a man in his late 20s or early 30s. He carried a handgun, stole prescription drugs and then killed everyone in the store before fleeing.

Police say the man is “very dangerous,” and they are offering a $5000 reward or information leading to his arrest.


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