Victims of Garner Walgreens shooting remain hospitalized

Wake County News
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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Both victims and the suspected gunman who fired at them inside a Walgreens in Garner are still in the hospital Friday.

Police confirmed Sarah Wright, 31, and Brandon Gordon, 33, were shot at the Walgreens on U.S. Highway 70 west in Garner after an argument over the accused gunman’s medication.  

However, police couldn’t say what type of medication.

“An angry customer shot me,”  said one of the victims in a 911 call. 

“It’s terrible.  It’s a really sad situation. It is something that can happen in pharmacies,” said Emily Merill.

Merill, a pharmacist at Person Street Pharmacy in Raleigh, said by law pharmacists must run a patient’s name through a database for certain medications, and some prescriptions cannot be filled more than three days early.

“If it’s considered a controlled substance, meaning there’s the possibility of it being addicting so they monitor it. You can only get a certain amount per month,” she said.

According to employees at the Walgreens, Gordon is a pharmacy tech, and Wright a pharmacist.

Heather Anderson has lived across from Wright and her husband for five years. 

“Some things just aren’t explainable. I just don’t understand how people could possibly do something like this. It’s tragic,” said Heather Anderson.

She describes them as a friendly, helpful couple and says her neighbors were all shaken by the news Wright was shot on the job.

“We couldn’t believe it. We honestly couldn’t believe this happened,” said Anderson. “Just that it happened period, when you hear things like this and you know the person. It’s really heartbreaking.”

On Friday, police said more charges are expected to be filed against suspected shooter Stephen Denning, 60.

Denning is charged with attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

A deputy shot Denning at a Golden Corral, about two miles away from the Walgreens Thursday.

The Wake County Sheriff’s Office said the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation is involved in the investigation because an “officer was involved in the arrest.” 

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