33-year-old David Laffer of Medford, NY is an Army vet with no criminal record and a valid permit from New York state to possess a .45-caliber handgun. Laffer and his wife, Melinda Brady have been arrested and charged in connection with Sunday's execution-style murders at a Long Island pharmacy that left four people dead. Laffer was charged with first-degree murder and resisting arrest. Brady was charged with third-degree robbery and obstructing governmental administration. She allegedly drove the getaway car.
During the holdup four people were shot at close range without apparent provocation. Killed were pharmacist Raymond Ferguson, 45, store clerk Jennifer Mejia, 17, and two customers, Bryon Sheffield, 71, and Jamie Taccetta, 33. The killer left with a backpack full of prescription pain medication.
A neighbor described Laffer as "a great kid. I don't know what happened. You couldn't ask for better neighbors. I just can't believe it. I cannot say anything better about the family."
A teammate from Laffer's floor hockey league said, "He was a good guy, quiet, not somebody you would expect to do what they say he did. Probably everybody's telling you the same thing."