Four Slain by Alleged Oxy Addict in Pharmacy Heist

By Kenneth Garger 06/21/11

A massive manhunt is underway on Long Island for the suspect, who shot four people and made off with a cache of Oxy but no cash.

Alleged killer ID'd by newly installed security camera.
NY Post

The rash of pharmacy robberies to score prescription opiates that is sweeping the nation just took a turn for the worse with the brutal massacre on Sunday morning of four people at a family-operated pharmacy on Long Island, New York. The bloody attack occurred at 10:20 a.m. when the suspect, who had been positively identified but was still at large at press time, opened fire on the two employees and two customers inside Haven Drugs Pharmacy in Medford, some 60 miles east of the Big Apple. One of the employees was a 17-year-old girl set to graduate from high school on Thursday.  

The police, alerted to the bloodbath by a 911 call from someone in the parking lot of the store, said that the alleged shooter made off with a cache of "oxycodone-like drugs"—but no cold, hard cash. A newly installed security camera captured the presumed killer picking off each of the four victims, who offered no resistance, one by one. Video stills of the suspect show a skinny bearded white male in his late 20s to early 30s wearing bright baseball cap and dark glasses. He also had a black backpack, where he stored the stolen pills. According to the New York police report, Suffolk county officials are keeping the man's identity under wraps for the time being.

For reasons that remain unclear, the police, who originally surmised that the suspect's intention was robbery of meds, money or both, are now claiming that he entered the pharmacy with the intention to commit murder. Be that as it may, the specter of a new breed of gun-wielding painkiller-addicted robbers running amok led Suffolk County officials to hold a news conference earlier Sunday afternoon warning local pharmacies to be wary of anyone inquiring about painkillers. “We believe the suspect is a drug user and should be considered armed and dangerous,” Police Commissioner Richard Dormer said. A massive manhunt was underway at press time.

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