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Police ID Four Victims in Medford Shooting, Hunt on for Killer

East Patchogue teen, Medford man and Farmingville woman among those killed at Haven Drugs.

Suffolk County Police have indentified the four victims of a deadly shooting that took place Sunday morning at Haven Drugs in Medford.

According to police, the victims are drug store employees, Jennifer Mejia, 17, of East Patchogue; Raymond Ferguson, 45, of Centereach; and customers Bryon Sheffield, 71, of Medford and Jamie Taccetta, 33, of Farmingville.

Police said the male , who is still at large, stole prescription drugs from the store. He is described by authorities as a white man with a thin build, approximately 5-foot-8, and was either unshaven or had a dark beard and mustache and short dark hair. The suspect was wearing a white baseball hat, sunglasses, a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, dark shoes and was carrying a black backpack. The suspect fled on foot eastbound on Southaven Avenue.

A 911 call was received by police at approximately 10:20 a.m. Sunday morning by a person in the parking lot of the drug store.

Residents expressed shock and disbelief that a sunny Sunday morning brought a horrific crime scene to town. 

Tony Kaiser has lived in Medford near the pharmacy for 30 years.

"They are all nice people there and this is senseless," Kaiser said referring to the pharmacy.

SCPD has made no arrests at this time and investigation is ongoing. Police say the suspect was armed with a handgun and should be considered armed and extremely dangerous.

Detectives are asking anything with information to call the Homicide Squad at 631-852-6392 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls are confidential.

Patchogue Patch will update as this story develops.

Marion DiNicola contributed to this story.

Patchogue June 19, 2011 at 06:54 PM
This is a horrible crime. I hear the suspect is at large.
VillageResident June 19, 2011 at 08:23 PM
All I can say to myself is "Why?" This is a senseless act of violence. I hope the person or persons involved meet very swift justice. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of the victims.
Patchogue June 19, 2011 at 08:35 PM
It would be good if they killed the suspect. Scumbag. My heart goes out to the families.
Scott B. June 19, 2011 at 09:59 PM
absolutly crazy, can't believe this happened. I live right there, in fact there are evidence cones in front of my house. We know everyone that works there and we're in complete shock.
Joseph LoSchiavo June 19, 2011 at 11:06 PM
My prayers go out to the family members. This is a shame. A disgusting cowardly act. They need to catch this creep.
Brian Curry June 19, 2011 at 11:38 PM
The owner Vinoda (Vinny) is the nicest guy. he's been at that location for over 30 years. A real throwback to your old small town pharmacist who is very friendly and know your entire family. I'm almost as heartbroken for him and his wife as I am for the victims. He treats his employees like family so this has to be hurting him so much. On a personal note , Vinny gave my daughter her first job at the age of 16. Though that was years ago, It makes me weak in the knees to think that if this had happened that it could have been her.
Scott B. June 20, 2011 at 12:19 AM
Brian said it all, Vinodu and his staff are like family to many in the area. My brother worked there a few years after they first opened. Vinny offered my niece a job there just last week. I know he was taken to the hospital shortly after he arrived at the scene.
sandra rajnauth June 20, 2011 at 03:21 AM
Sandra Rajnauth my prays go out to all the families and hope they catch this ruthless person .
James June 20, 2011 at 03:37 AM
My nephew was shot and killed on march 9 2011. My sympathy goes out to the victims and especially to all the family members that are left to deal with this aweful tragedy. Think its time for politicians to do the right thing and put these hyped up on drug criminals away for goddam good!
Michael Sorrentino (Editor) June 20, 2011 at 04:17 AM
Melissa, Patchogue Patch's coverage area is the Patchogue-Medford School District area and East Patchogue.
Brendan J. O'Reilly (Editor) June 20, 2011 at 05:35 AM
http://medford.patch.com is in Medford, Massachusetts.
Anjali June 20, 2011 at 07:48 AM
I cant believe this raymond ferguson was a wonderful person. We were very close I hope and pray they catch this scum bag. I really would like to kmow why he killed these innocemt people. My condolences to all they victims loved ones family and friends.
Tim June 20, 2011 at 12:10 PM
Does anyone know anything about Raymond Ferguson? I believe I may have worked with him years ago.
Patchogue June 20, 2011 at 12:11 PM
The picture is pretty good. There is nowhere to run. Keep your eyes out and call police if you see this lowlife. He has pretty distinct features.
jerry clancy June 20, 2011 at 12:49 PM
They should hunt this guy down and execute him on the spot.
Monica Harpaul June 20, 2011 at 01:41 PM
Ray was a wonderful husband to my cousin. He was such a warm hearted gentle loving man. He will be greatly missed :(
Kaleigh Nolan June 20, 2011 at 02:22 PM
Is it true that police found him this morning near pete's?
Michael Sorrentino (Editor) June 20, 2011 at 04:11 PM
That is not true. I just got off the phone with police. The suspect is still at large.
Christy Tedesco June 20, 2011 at 06:47 PM
The rumors that he was captured at Pete's Luncheonette is ALL OVER Facebook.
Marc Morrell June 21, 2011 at 01:36 AM
This is so unbelievably sad and senseless. My sympathies to the families and many friends of the victims.
marion baxter June 21, 2011 at 03:27 AM
I and my entire family were born and raised in the area . What is happening to what was always a nice quiet area… my hearft goes out to everyone involved
SisterKimberly Francis June 21, 2011 at 01:33 PM
I was comming from my dads house and i was driving on this road but we all thought it was something for all the father was doing something becuse you know patchouge and medford always doing something but than i go home put the tv on and thares chanel 12 4 people died I do put my prayer for the familys i hope they find the guy i live right in patchouge now i am scared for my life

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