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Employee of Bean Station pharmacy discusses reopening after deadly shooting

5:56 AM, Jul 4, 2013   |    comments
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(WBIR- Bean Station, Tn.) A Bean Station pharmacy that was the scene of a deadly shooting in May is set to open its doors once again.

Down Home Pharmacy will reopen on Monday, according to its Facebook page.

The pharmacy will be managed by Suzanne Lovell. She's the wife of Steven Lovell, who died in the shooting.

Authorities say 37-year-old Jason Bryan Holt went into the pharmacy to steal drugs. Lovell gave him the drugs, but then Holt ordered him and the three others in the store to get down on their knees. He then shot them all. 

Lovell and a customer, Richard Sommerville, were killed. Two pharmacy employees, Alexia Wilson and Janet Clift, survived.

Several weeks later, the pharmacy is set to re-open.

"She's about as strong as a woman as I've ever met," said the newest member of the team, Don Zazzi, speaking about his boss Suzanne Lovell. "After the circumstances of what happened, I'm just so impressed."

Zazzi will fill the vacancy left by Lovell's husband's death. The long-time pharmacist from Kingsport recognizes how difficult that task will be, but hopes to quickly build relationships with customers.

"I want the customers to know, I will try to carry on Steve's legacy of customer service, support, and being here for his neighbors," he said.

Pharmacy staff was allowed back into the building within the past few days, and has spent the time cleaning, restocking, and preparing to open. Zazzi said they've also installed new glass and better security cameras.

As soon as the pharmacy announced its reopening, the phones started ringing.

"We all want to say thank you to the community because they have been 100 percent behind us," he said.

Their doors open Monday at 9 a.m.

The shooting suspect, Jason Holt, now faces several charges, including two counts of pre-meditated first-degree murder. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty in the case. It's set to go before a grand jury in September.

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