UPDATE: 4/15 Walter Hubbard appeared in Virginia Beach General District Court Tuesday afternoon for his video arraignment. Hubbard was granted a court appointed attorney and the judge denied bail. Hubbard's preliminary court appearance will be May 22.
Hubbard is charged with first degree murder, robbery, attempted robbery, and three counts of use of a firearm.
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Police arrested and charged 55-year-old Walter Lane Hubbard for the murder of pharmacist David Kilgore Monday.
Officers said Hubbard, whose home is in the 2600 block of Bernadotte Street, tried to rob Beach Pharmacy at 501 Laskin Road at about 11 a.m. During the attempt, he allegedly shot Kilgore.
Janet Chenman was near the pharmacy at the time of the shooting and told 13News Now she saw Kilgore being taken out of the business on a stretcher by emergency crews.
VIDEO: Eyewitness describes shooting victim
"He was surrounded by a team and they were doing chest compressions. And his family had come up. They would not let his wife in the door. It was very upsetting," Chenman said.
Chenman says Kilgore was beloved by customers and was an important member of the community.
"He's a wonderful man. He's very young, has a young family," Chenman said. "It's very tragic that on a beautiful day, in a beautiful city, and here we are. I can't believe this is happening. It's very shocking, very shocking."
A spokesman for Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital said Kilgore died at the hospital at 11:57 a.m.
Kilgore opened Beach Pharmacy on Dec. 29, 2011.
Customers have been posting messages of prayer to the store's Facebook Page.
"It's just squeezing my heart. It hurts so bad, because David is probably one of the greatest young men that my husband and I ever knew," said Robbie Lecompte, a long-time customer.
Dottie Wharton was among the people who left flowers outside Beach Pharmacy Monday.
"I'm just sick, because he did this for us," offered Dottie Wharton, referring to the pharmacy Kilgore opened after the Rite Aid where he worked closed. "He did it for us, the local people here, because we supported him, so we are just continuing to support him."
Master Police Officer Tonya Borman said Hubbard robbed Barr's Pharmacy in the 1700 block of Atlantic Avenue after the shooting at Beach Pharmacy.
Workers at Barr's told 13News Now the robber came in with a gun and demanded a specific dosage of Oxycontin. He left with a variety of pain killers.
Witnesses were able to help police find the robber after he left. Officers chased him on I-264 through Virginia Beach. Police said the pursuit spanned 5 to 8 miles and that the robber (later identified by police as Hubbard) was shooting at officers. No one was hurt during the chase, but several cars were hit by bullets.
Police laid out spike strips, which flattened the tires of the blue SUV police said Hubbard drove.
The chase ended at the intersection of Witchduck Road and Virginia Beach Boulevard where officers took Hubbard into custody.
People in Hubbard's neighborhood told 13News Now the husband and father had surgery a while ago and they believe he began abusing prescription pain medicine.
Although it appeared Hubbard addressed the issue at one point, neighbors say he seemed to relapse.
They went on to say Hubbard was no longer living at the home he shared with his wife and children.
Hubbard is charged with first degree murder, attempted robbery, robbery and three counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
He is in the Virginia Beach Correctional Center with no bond set. Hubbard is expected to be in court Tuesday.