Gunman kills 4 in pharmacy owned by Indian-American in US

The incident took place yesterday in a small cluster of medical offices in Medford, about 100 kilometers east of New York, when a man entered the pharmacy wearing a baseball hat and sunglasses, and armed with a handgun, The New York Times quoted police as saying.

He shot and killed everyone who was in the store at the time, and fled on foot with stolen prescription drugs. No arrest had been made till night, the paper said.

Police rushed to the scene after getting an emergency call from someone in the pharmacy's parking lot. When they arrived, they found two employees and two customers dead.

The police said that two of the victims, Raymond Ferguson, 45, of Centereach and Jennifer Mejia, 17, of East Patchogue, worked at the drug store.

The other two victims, Bryon Sheffield, 71, of Medford and Jamie Taccetta, 33, of Farmingville, were customers.

Witnesses said pharmacy's owner Vinoda Kudchadkar collapsed near his store after he learned of what happened.

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