Bean Station pharmacy reopens after double murder

Bean Station pharmacy reopens after double murder

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Down Home Pharmacy opened for the first time since May 23. Down Home Pharmacy opened for the first time since May 23.
Staff members were happy to be back on the job after the tragedy. Staff members were happy to be back on the job after the tragedy.
"It was a shock," said customer Roy Jackson. "A shock that somebody would come in here and do what they did." "It was a shock," said customer Roy Jackson. "A shock that somebody would come in here and do what they did."
The pharmacy stepped up its security after the shooting. The pharmacy stepped up its security after the shooting.
"What we're trying to do is make the customer realize that they will feel comfortable coming into Down Home Pharmacy again, that they have nothing to fear," said pharmacist Don Zazzi. "What we're trying to do is make the customer realize that they will feel comfortable coming into Down Home Pharmacy again, that they have nothing to fear," said pharmacist Don Zazzi.

By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

BEAN STATION (WATE) - The Down Home Pharmacy in Bean Station reopened Monday morning more than a month after a former police officer opened fire there, killing two people.

Owner Stephen Lovell, of Morristown, and Richard Sommerville, of Bean Station, both died at the scene.

Jason Bryan Holt, 37, is charged in the double murder and attempted robbery and remains held without bail.

The pharmacy has been closed since May 23. It's now a day many in Bean Station will never forget.

"It was a shock," said customer Roy Jackson. "A shock that somebody would come in here and do what they did."

When the open sign came back on, customers were eager to welcome back the staff especially Alexia Wilson, one of two employees to survive the shootings.

Wilson did not want to speak on camera, but new head pharmacist Don Zazzi says she couldn't be better.

"She's doing great," said Zazzi. "I met her for the first time last week and she's a fantastic person."

Wilson and the entire staff were on hand to reassure the customers. Part of that reassurance came in the way of new security measures, including more surveillance cameras and an increased police presence.

"What we're trying to do is make the customer realize that they will feel comfortable coming into Down Home Pharmacy again, that they have nothing to fear," said Zazzi.

Customers said they are more relieved than concerned - relieved that most of the friendly staff they've known for years is back behind the counter once again.

"We were glad for them to come back," said Jackson. "My wife gets her prescriptions here and she really loves them. They're the friendliest people and they really help you out."

As for the other injured employee, Janet Clift, she has decided to take a new position with another company.

Lovell's widow, Suzanne, will still be in charge of the business, but is said to be taking a less visual roll.

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