A “wonderful” pharmacist has been shot dead in an apparent murder-suicide in Biloxi, Mississippi
Local station WLOX is reporting that Daniel Day, the manager and owner of the Woolmarket Pharmacy, was shot and killed by a woman while at work at the pharmacy on Tuesday morning.
Biloxi police have identified the woman as Sarah Chance, a woman with whom Mr Day at one point had a relationship.
“We do know that Mr. Day and the female did have a relationship in the past, and that there was some issues in the relationship,” Major Chris DeBack of the Biloxi Police told WLOX.
“We do know that the female had walked into the pharmacy and took the life of the male and then took her own life.”
Another worker was in the building at the time but was not injured. Major DeBack said that this employee was able to leave through the pharmacy’s front door and call 911.
Tributes have poured in for Mr Day, who was well known in the Coast area for helping people in need.
WLOX reports that he helped establish the St Vincent de Paul Community Pharmacy, also in Biloxi.
Executive director of this pharmacy Sam Burke said that Mr Day’s death was a “tremendous loss” for the community.
“Dan Day was a good man. He was an exceptional pharmacist and he was a true friend to our pharmacy. We will miss him dearly,” Mr Burke said.
“He was very instrumental in the very beginning of our pharmacy. He set the tone for the standard of practice with which we worked. He believed that even though we were a charity pharmacy that opened a doors to help the less fortunate, he believed that deserved the same quality and professionalism they would receive at any other pharmacy.”
Mr Day continued to “quietly” donate money to the St Vincent de Paul pharmacy, he said.
One patient of the Woolmarket Pharmacy, Tammy Sanderson, said Mr Day always ensured that she and her family received their medicine, “no matter what”.
She had just spoken with Mr Day on the telephone before the shooting, and had been on her way to pick up her medicine, she said.
“Anytime I was sick he would bring me my medicine at home. He was always so kind and loving. And he always gave us the best price because our insurance doesn’t pay for medicines.”
A worker at TD Pharmacy, another pharmacy owned by Mr Day, had been on the telephone with him when the shooting occurred.
“I heard the gunshots. I heard some conversation, brief, illegible conversations. Heard the gunshots was fearful of the techs that work here and Dan, of course. Dan dropped the phone, did not pick up the phone and I immediately called 911,” said the worker, Donna Morrow.
She described Mr Day as the “best boss I’ve ever had”.
“This is a huge loss for all of the community. For all of his workers, his family.”