As Suffolk County Police continue their search for the man they believe at Haven Drugs in Medford, Commissioner Richard Dormer is asking the public for its help in tracking down the alleged assailant.
At a Monday press conference at police headquarters in Yaphank, Dormer revealed that law enforcement authorities have received a number of tips from the public regarding the shooting that he called one the most heinous crimes ever encountered by local police.
“We are urging the public to contact the police with any information they believe will help us solve this case,” he said. “We have already received a substantial number of tips, which our detectives are working on right now.”
Dormer noted that a $5,000 reward is available to the person or persons providing information that leads to an arrest.
As previously reported, police describe the suspect 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.
The suspect is believed to be a drug user, and should be considered armed and dangerous, Dormer said.
He noted that police presence around pharmacies is being increased, and those that work in pharmacies should use extreme caution when opening and closing their store.
Dormer did not discuss the evidence police have at this time, nor would he discuss the timeline of Sunday's events since they are part of the ongoing investigation.
Dormer also said that surveillance video has given investigators a good view of what happened in the store. Additional stills from the surveillance footage were made available to the press .
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