Suspect identified in murder of Oceanfront pharmacy owner

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

Walter Lane Hubbard

Walter Lane Hubbard

Virginia Beach, Va. - The owner of a local Oceanfront pharmacy was killed Monday during a robbery attempt. The suspect then led police on a chase through the city before finally being stopped.

Virginia Beach Police responded to Beach Pharmacy, located at 501 Laskin Road near Baltic Avenue at 10:48 a.m. and learned that a white male who looked to be in his 40s, later identified as 55-year-old Walter Lane Hubbard, had entered the pharmacy and shot the pharmacy's owner, 46-year-old David Kilgore, while demanding items.

At 10:54 a.m., a second armed robbery was reported at the Barr's Rexall Pharmacy, located at 201 17th Street.

Hubbard reportedly entered Barr's Pharmacy, displayed a gun, and demanded items before fleeing.

At 11:08 a.m., officers spotted a vehicle and person matching the Hubbard's description in the 900 block of Virginia Beach Boulevard.

Officers spotted the Hubbard's car driving near Virginia Beach Boulevard and Birdneck Road, and a chase began onto I-264 westbound.

Additional officers attempted to set up a spike strips on the roadway to stop Hubbard.

During the pursuit, Hubbard began firing a gun at the officers. He continued to fire his weapon as he exited I-264 onto Lynnhaven Parkway and turned onto westbound Virginia Beach Boulevard.

Hubbard was able to evade at least one attempt to deploy a spike strip before officers near Independence Boulevard and Virginia Beach Boulevard were able to deploy the spike strip successfully.

Hubbard continued driving westbound on Virginia Beach Boulevard before doing a U-turn at Witchduck Road, hitting another vehicle, and driving eastbound.

After hitting a pickup truck, the Hubbard's vehicle was finally stopped.

Officers converged on him using a Taser and successfully took him into custody.

He was transported to a local hospital to be evaluated. He was then charged with first-degree murder, attempted robbery, robbery and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. He is now being held in the Virginia Beach Correctional Center without bond.

No police officers were injured. Officers say they had to make sure several factors were met during the pursuit, according to department policy.

"Is this person or persons a clear and present danger? Are they an immediate threat?Are they armed? Have they commited a violent felony? Are they going to continue to commit violent felonies if we fail to stop them?"

MPO Jimmy Cason says Beach officers felt the criteria in this case described the situation in front of them. After every pursuit, Beach Police investigate to make sure department rules were followed. But for now, officers are priding themselves on the fact that no one was injured or killed during the chase.

Some drivers have notified police that their vehicles have been shot.

Meanwhile, the community is grieving after the loss of a well-respected citizen.

"He was a wonderful person inside and out. and he made everybody feel like family," said Carolyn Kelsey. "He was always concerned and always there to help."

"Dave Kilgore is a ten plus," said Michael Rudy of Virginia Beach. "I'm not the only person that feels that way. Everyone that knows Dave Kilgore, he's just remarkable."



  • Sherry farmer

    David Kilgore is my first cousin. He was a gentle and kind individual. Our family is destroyed. Davey came from a great big country family. We were best of friends out entire childhood this world has lost a hero. I hope the person that is responsible for this crime is punished to the fullest extent.

    • Margie

      Sherry, I am so sorry for your loss, and for our local community as well. David was held in highest esteem, and many are suffering along with you and your family.

    • annie phillips

      Sherry, I am so sorry that this has happened. I am praying for you and your family. I just love him and his family. Please let me know if I can do anything. We have not heard anything about his condition and are hoping that he is going to be ok. With love, Annie

  • amanda rigney

    David is one of the nicest people u will ever meet. He truly cared about his customers and had a personal relationship with each and every one of them!!!! All i can say is i hope this isnt true that he has passed away!!! What a tragedy for what a few lousy pills!!!! Amazing what this world has come to!!! My heart is breaking for his family!!! This is the only pharmacy my husband and i would use no matter how far out of our way it was!!! My thoughts and prayers go to his friends and family!!!!

  • Cindy Clark

    I knew David when he was my pharmacist when I lived at the Oceanfront and he was always friendly and smart and funny. I am grieved to hear he is the latest victim of violence.

  • Theresa

    I too have known David since he was at the old Rite Aid on Laskin Road before they tore it down. I always thought it was so nice that he went into business for himself and opened this little neighborhood pharmacy. He has a lot of very loyal customers who think very highly of him. He is a wonderful man, with a wonderful staff at Beach Pharmacy. I’m sure many of his older clientele don’t even know about this yet. It is so unbelievably shocking. As I write this, I am hoping that David is in the hospital and being cared for.

  • Geez Louse

    Prayers for Mr. Kilgore, his family, staff, friends, and customers. It is truly a shame that people are so hooked on drugs. The addict is the least affected by their actions. Prayers for the family of this criminal as well. They have to live with the guilt of what this idiot has done.

  • janet chenman

    I am so sorry for the family. And our entire community. Can’t believe this is true. So very heartbreaking.

  • Willis Dunlow

    I met David at RITE AID when I moved here 20 yrs ago and followed him to his own store. One of the best, kindest people I’ve known since living here-ALWAYS greeted you with a smile. He never was to busy to answer my medical questions. I just can’t believe this. My prayers for his family and know the community in turn really cares- because David showed he really cared about us first.He was indeed a special person.

  • Judy Sharlow

    I hope his daughter wasn’t there to witness it but she probably was. there are no words to express to the family that lost such a great man. may you find comfort in God and knowing that he’s in heaven now. he was loved by many many people

  • Michael Nosal

    David was our pharmacist and such a nice person to have known. He was the most down to earth man I ever had the honor of knowing. He went above and beyond to accommodate his customers. There was no need to end his life for some pills. He would have given them to the robber to ensure the safety of his staff. This monster has left a black hole on the heart of this community and I hope he gets everything that is thrown at him. I have no sympathy or mercy for the killer of such a beloved and cherished person of my community.

  • Tim Anderson

    Whether responding to questions, sharing a story or just acknowledging my presence when he was busy, David was a trusted, friendly and kind man. Life will not be the same without him. I will truly miss him.

  • Susan Maddox

    I can’t even begin to describe how sad and tragic this story truly is for me… so many of my neighbors… his employees and, especially, his family. David was a uniquely quiet, nice, patient and truly caring person. David’s life and death will leave a tremendous impact on this community. He will be so missed… not just as our local pharmacist, but as a friend!

  • Chrisna

    “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal… .” David was the most kindhearted person I’ve met. Everyone who knew him, loved him. His death leaves us shocked and with a void that can’t be filled. All our love, support and prayers to his family and loved ones.

  • Shawnna Murphy Marshall

    I went to school with David…. always such a Blessing to ALL around him! He will be missed! Prayers go out to his wife and children!

  • Michael Goldberg

    There was no kinder man than David. I was shocked as everyone at the beach to learn of his passing. I will never forget the first time I met David and he showed me pictures of his then young children. He always helped me and there was no better than David, My prayers to his family. He will be greatly missed.

  • Denise Baum

    We weep with the Kilgore household. No words can express our grief and sorrow for this horrible crime. God be with them.

  • Christy

    I’m so sad to hear that David is gone he was a very kind
    Man my thoughts and prayers are with his family and
    Friends I’m so sorry for your loss

  • The Don

    This suspect deserves a long painful end to his life..what scum..all due to a drug problem, and now he has taken a life and disrupted many others because he has no common sense. He has brought pain that is unimaginable to Mr. Kilgore’s family friends and co worker’s and the taxpayer’s are forking his stay in jail until convicted and sentenced. What a waste of $$ ! My condolences to David’ family !

  • Nikole Reap

    With our deepest sympathy that words cannot describe. We are so sorry for your lost. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. Sincerely The Reap Family.

  • Jennifer

    David is the sweetest and nicest person I Have every meant, in my Life. My thoughts and Prayers are with his Family, I know David in a Better place. DAVID HAD THE BIGGEST Heart In the world. WE LOVE YOU DAVID.LOVE , JENNIFER

  • Steve Ervin

    David was a special person who touched so many lives in a positive way. He will be missed and remembered by many. My heartfelt condolences to his family. Such a senseless act of violence.

  • Sandra

    I did not know David this wonderful man . Son, husband , Father and friend. I live in Arizona but my heart and prayers go out to All grieving this loss.. RIp David you are now an Angel in Heaven

Comments are closed.