4 Shot Dead in Long Island Pharmacy Robbery

Police don't know why robbery turned into massacre
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 20, 2011 3:21 AM CDT
4 Shot Dead in NY Pharmacy Robbery
Homicide investigators talk in front of Haven Drugs in Medford, NY, yesterday.   (AP Photo/David Rubin)

A robbery gone wrong ended with four people shot to death in a small Long Island pharmacy yesterday morning, reports AP. Police don't know why the robber killed the two employees and two customers at the family-owned shop in Medford, and have no suspects in custody. One of the victims was a 17-year-old high school student who worked there part-time. "I don't know what happened," said her father. "She was supposed to graduate Thursday."

The pharmacy, Haven Drugs, had opened for business at 10am; the massacre happened at 10:20. Investigators believe a single gunman was responsible for the bloodbath, and that the motive was robbery. The suspect was reportedly armed with a handgun and stole prescription drugs from the pharmacy before fleeing with a black backpack. (More armed robbery stories.)

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