Trenton (New Jersey): An Indian-American
pharmacy owner here was shot dead allegedly by a black
teenager after he refused to give a medicine to the boy
without a valid prescription.
52-year-old Arjun Reddy Dyapa, owner of Brunswick Avenue
Pharmacy in Broad Street, was shot in the chest and brought
dead to Capital Health Regional Medical Centre across the
pharmacy around 6.30 pm local time last evening.
Eye witnesses said a teenage African-American with
dreadlocks showed up at the counter and demanded a
prescription medicine without producing valid prescription
issued by a physician.
Dyapa politely refused and said sorry but when the
customer insisted that he be given the medicine, he told the
boy that he would lose his licence if he obliges him.
The customer, at that time, seemed to have resigned to
the fate and nodded his head, said Dyapa`s staff. The boy left
only to return again and fired one bullet at Dyapa from his
pistol from behind.
The police have taken the video camera recordings and are
confident of nabbing the criminal very soon.
Dyapa, a native of Jadcherala village in Mehboobnagar
district of Andhra Pradesh, is survived by wife Geetha and a
Dyapa was an active community activist and one of the
founders of North American Telugu Association (NATA) and also
a senior leader of American Telugu Association (ATA). He was
involved with several social and cultural organisations in New
Steve Ettman, who owns Westside Pharmacy on Hermitage
Avenue, said he was "absolutely shocked" by the news. He is
offering a USD 1,000 reward for information leading to the
arrest and conviction of the killer.
"This could happen to any of us and Reddy was a nice guy,
ever helpful," he said.
The shocked Indian-American community leaders gathered at
the hospital to console the family and assist in the
identification of the culprit.