Bethesda Resident Who Was CEO of North Carolina Company Dies after Shooting

Bethesda Resident Who Was CEO of North Carolina Company Dies after Shooting

Police say attack happened near scene of restaurant fire in Charlotte

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A Bethesda resident who was the CEO of a North Carolina company died Friday at a hospital in Charlotte, N.C., after being shot last week.

John Waldron Holaday, 74, died Friday, according to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, which announced his death Saturday after his family had been notified.

The Charlotte Observer reported that Holaday was shot around 4 p.m. Sept. 30 while standing near the scene of a restaurant fire in the city’s central business district. Police arrived almost immediately, according to a press release, because they had been at the restaurant fire. Holaday was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Police said that they charged Raheem Shacklette, 16, with killing Holaday. Shacklette was charged with attempted murder, possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a firearm by a minor. Officers have detained others and are still searching for witnesses in the case, police said.

Police said two teens and a 20-year old were arrested on charges related to fighting and disturbing the peace, The Charlotte Observer reported.

Holaday was the chairman and CEO of the company DisposeRx, which specializes in drug disposal, since June 2015, according to his LinkedIn profile. The company is based in Sanford, N.C., about 40 miles southwest of Raleigh.

According to his resume, Holaday has served as the chairman or a board member of numerous national and international companies in the medicine industry. Holaday also, according to his LinkedIn page, founded the neuropharmacology branch in the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in the 1970s.

The Charlotte Observer reported that Holaday testified before Congress in March 2018 on the dangers of opioids and attended a ceremony later that year at the White House when President Donald Trump signed legislation addressing the opioid crisis.

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