Wednesday morning, a woman came into an Arlington pharmacy, demanded narcotics and then shot the pharmacist when he turned her down. At least that's what Arlington Police said at first. By Wednesday afternoon, the story had changed about what happened at Remco Pharmacy on Division Street.
As is apparent from video of the crime released by APD late Wednesday, the female shooter wasn't actually a woman at all. Instead, Arlington police say, they are looking for a man who was wearing women's clothing at the time of the shooting. The man, Arlington Police Sgt. Vanessa Harrison said, shot the pharmacist in the neck and abdomen after being told that the pharmacy kept its controlled substances under lock and key.
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The pharmacist, Chris Ajayi, was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital for surgery and is expected to survive, his daughter told KDFW on Wednesday.
Pharmacies are notorious targets for robbers. The problem is so grave the Drug Enforcement Agency even has a pamphlet for employees, telling them what to do during and after a robbery.
Pharmacy robberies are not an uncommon crime in Texas. Despite having just 9 percent of the United States' pharmacies, Texas has 17 percent of the country's pharmacy crime and 25 percent of pharmacy lost costs related to crime according to a report from Pharmacists Mutual Insurance Company.