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    NY - Four people shot to death in Medford pharmacy robbery, 19 June 2011

    http://www.centurylink.net/news/read...SNWU00L6_UNEWS

    Monday, June 20, 2011 [article has picture]

    MEDFORD, N.Y. (AP) — Police have reviewed a surveillance video from a pharmacy in a New York City suburb where four people were fatally shot over the weekend, including a 17-year-old girl who was to graduate from high school this week.

    Police said Sunday's shootings looked like a robbery gone wrong.

    Suffolk County police released photographs of the suspect: 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 and wore a white baseball cap.

    The man was armed with a handgun, stole prescription drugs and killed everyone in the shop before fleeing with a black backpack.

    A police spokeswoman said there were no new updates on the investigation Monday; a briefing was planned later in the afternoon. The department's Crime Stoppers program was offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of the suspect, whom detectives described as "extremely dangerous."

    The shootings happened at about 10:20 a.m. inside a family-owned pharmacy in a small cluster of medical offices in Medford, a middle-class hamlet on Long Island about 60 miles east of New York City.


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    http://www.longislandpress.com/2011/...macy-massacre/

    .....Suffolk County police said the lone gunman walked into Haven Drugs on Southaven Avenue 20 minutes after the family run shop opened at 10 a.m. Sunday. The killer was caught on tape as he shot the pharmacist, his 17-year-old assistant and two customers at close range before he filled up a backpack with unspecified prescription painkillers and fled the scene, police said.

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    The pharmacist, 45-year-old Raymond Ferguson of Centereach, was killed along with his assistant, Jennifer Mejia, of East Patchogue—whose funeral is slated for Wednesday, the day she planned to attend her Bellport High School prom. The two customers include 71-year-old Bryon Sheffield of Medford and Jamie Taccetta, 33, of Farmingville.

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    Diversion Investigators with the federal Drug Enforcement Agency are on the scene to determine what specific drugs may have been stolen, according to a DEA spokeswoman. She noted that locally based DEA agents have been offering crime prevention tips to Long Island pharmacists after there was a 125-percent increase in pharmacy break ins from 2009 and 2010 across New York State.....Dormer said there are no suspects in the investigation, which is still in its early stages, but police have received a “substantial number” of tips so far.


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    This was terrible... we are all shocked by it here on LI. The only thing I have to offer is that I believe and in my opinion: if it occurred in NYC, the murderer would have been caught by now.

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    Robbery gone wrong? And yet allegedly the suspect stole the drugs and killed everyone before he fled. So what exactly would be robbery gone right, I wonder.
    Just my opinion

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    'I saw the gunman who shot my fiancée'

    Fiancé found girlfriend with bullet wound to back of her head
    Killer walked by him moments before he entered


    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...#ixzz1PwbB5RSy

    The fiancé of a woman slain in Sunday's brutal pharmacy killing spoke today of how he discovered his girlfriend's corpse among four dead staff and shoppers.

    James Manzella went to check on 'the love of his life' Jamie Taccetta, 33, after dropping her off at Haven Drugs in Medford, Long Island.



    Incredibly, Mr Manzella only went to check on Jamie after seeing the bearded killer leave the pharmacy and calmly walk away from the scene.



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    Mr Manzella, an electrician, planned to marry physical therapist Jamie in October.
    She had two daughters - Miranda, 16, and Kaitlyn, 5.
    A distraught Mr Manzella said he was haunted by the fact he saw the killer moments after the shooting took place.

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    Yesterday a teenage girl, just days from graduating high school, was identified as 17-year-old Jennifer Mejia, a senior at Bellport High School in Brookhaven.

    Yesterday her father, Rene Mejia - an immigrant from El Salvador - described her as a 'wonderful daughter'.

    She had worked at the pharmacy for about two years and wished him a happy Father's Day early Sunday morning as she left for work.

    Speaking to the New York Post Rene said: 'This morning she told me, 'Happy Father's Day.'
    'She was in a hurry to go to work.

    'I held her and said, 'It's okay,' because in my country, Father's Day is Friday. I feel better because I held her.'



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    The drug store's owner Vinoda Kudchadkar arrived after the shooting but fainted when he discovered the scene of carnage inside
    He was taken to the hospital.



    Much more information and pictures at link.

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    Heartbreaking story from New York Post....

    http://newyorkpost.com/p/news/local/...WHCMUgb7AdOelN


    "Mother of slain bride-to-be warns LI pharmacy killer"

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    The victims did not offer any resistance before being shot. So, again, I object to characterizing this as "robbery gone wrong." "Robbery gone wrong" implies something happened to make it go wrong, and what exactly would that be here? No resistance from the victims, no demands by the shooter.

    "All four victims "offered no resistance -- and did not appear to provoke the shooter in any way," Suffolk County Police Commissioner Richard Dormer told the newspaper on Monday."

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/06/21...#ixzz1PxFTv9Is

    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/06/21...est=latestnews
    Just my opinion

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    Breaking news: suspect arrested in connection w/case

    Ok this was pretty quick, and I have to congratulate SCPD for doing a fine job with this case. I call a spade a spade- job well done!

    http://www.newsday.com/long-island/s...ting-1.2975975

    Suffolk police Wednesday morning arrested a Medford man in connection with the quadruple murder at a Medford pharmacy, according to a source familiar with the case.
    Police took David Laffer, 33, into custody three days after the murders at Haven Drugs on Sunday, the source said.
    Laffer offered some resistance when he was arrested about 10 a.m. at 30 Pitchpine Place, the source said, and he was en route to Yaphank police headquarters.


    More at link above or: http://www.newsday.com/long-island/s...ting-1.2975975

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    http://yhoo.it/kYrjja

    man and women of interest to police taken from house, no names published,

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    Suspect is David Laffer, mom Palma Laffer. They have been now named by police as suspects.


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    http://nyp.st/jkAWx1

    more news on arrests

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrsG728 View Post
    Ok this was pretty quick, and I have to congratulate SCPD for doing a fine job with this case. I call a spade a spade- job well done!

    http://www.newsday.com/long-island/s...ting-1.2975975

    Suffolk police Wednesday morning arrested a Medford man in connection with the quadruple murder at a Medford pharmacy, according to a source familiar with the case.
    Police took David Laffer, 33, into custody three days after the murders at Haven Drugs on Sunday, the source said.
    Laffer offered some resistance when he was arrested about 10 a.m. at 30 Pitchpine Place, the source said, and he was en route to Yaphank police headquarters.


    More at link above or: http://www.newsday.com/long-island/s...ting-1.2975975

    Thank you MrsG728 for this great news of the arrests!

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    More on arrests

    I'll add this link about the arrests since subscription required for the above link.

    http://www.longislandpress.com/2011/...ffer-arrested/

    This article states David Laffer and his wife were arrested.

    "Reports: Medford Pharmacy Shooter David Laffer Arrested
    By Timothy Bolger on June 22nd, 2011


    Multiple local news outlets are reporting that 33-year-old David Laffer has been taken in handcuffs out of his Medford home Wednesday morning and that he is the gunman wanted for killing four people at a pharmacy about a mile from the home three days ago.

    Laffer and his wife were reportedly taken into custody after up to 40 Suffolk County police officers swarmed a house on Pitchpine Place. Authorities are neither confirming the names of those arrested nor that they are linked to the Father’s Day massacre at Haven Drugs pharmacy."

    Picture of Laffer home:


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    http://nyp.st/jkAWx1

    video of arrest

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    Quote Originally Posted by joe jones View Post
    http://nyp.st/jkAWx1

    more news on arrests

    Thanks, Joe, for that excellent link with much more information.

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