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feat_img_6_4Coty Beavers was in his northwest Houston apartment on November 12, 2012, when the bullets ripped through him from behind. Whoever pulled the trigger slipped out as easily as he had gotten in, leaving the 28-year-old to die on the floor.

Two days earlier, a dark-haired man with thick eyebrows perched above his glasses had been wandering around the Legacy Park Apartments, asking people if they knew which apartment was Beavers’s. He looked to be maybe in his forties, with an average build. A police sketch didn’t turn up any leads.

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A vehicle belonging to UCLA shooter Mainak Sarkar has been found parked in Culver City today, police said.

The 2003 gray Nissan Sentra was found by Los Angeles Police Department Pacific Division officers on patrol in the 11300 block of Washington Place in Culver City at 1:50 p.m., LAPD Officer Liliana Preciado said.

The Los Angeles city boundary with Culver City weaves in and out of the area, and LAPD officers frequently drive through.

houston-press-swift-featurePeople who knew Swift remain skeptical of the police account. They said he would never threaten anyone with a knife. They doubted he would really rob a house — Swift had a clean criminal record in Harris County, and although he had been in trouble before, it was never for anything as serious as an armed burglary. (Swift was accused of swiping an iPod in 2012, but the charge was dismissed.) Swift, they said, was not perfect, but he did not deserve to die that night. How could human fallibility alone serve as justification for a fatal shooting?

No one has been charged in Swift’s death, and the case will soon be heard by a Harris County grand jury. If the grand jury indicts the shooter, then details of what happened could emerge during a public trial. But if the grand jury declines to indict the shooter, then the true story behind Melvin Swift’s death will likely remain forever untold.

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Unknown assailants opened fire on a car waiting in line at a Burger King drive-thru this morning. Inside the car was 17-year-old Donesha S. Gantt, her mother, and two others. Gantt and another woman were shot. In a state of panic, Gantt took out her cell phone to say what she thought might be her goodbye to the world in a video broadcast on Facebook Live.

“I know they shot me, but it’s good. It’s good,” a teary Gantt says in the video. “God, forgive me for all my sins. God, forgive me for everything.”

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Stray cats overrun Miami like pigeons in New York or rats in Chicago. Except, you know, cats are cute, and some people can’t help but feed the feral felines, often to the chagrin of their neighbors. It’s a common quarrel, but one that usually doesn’t end in gunfire.

Then again, in Miami, apparently any disagreement sends bullets flying.

Click through to view video of the bizarre incident.

houston-press-feat_img3_31John Domingues rushed to the corner of Francis and Sampson, in the heart of Houston’s Third Ward, as soon as he heard the call for “shots fired” crackle over his police radio. It was just after midnight when Domingues pulled up near the row of shotgun houses and saw Jason Rosemon, a fellow Houston Police Department officer, standing at the north end of the street. When Domingues stepped out of his cruiser, he could see what Rosemon was staring at: Kenny Releford, 38, was on the ground bleeding from two gunshot wounds.

tyrell_tylerPhotos courtesy of Terrence Saint Lot

Soon before midnight on October 17, a gunman in downtown Fort Myers had opened fire into a crowd of pedestrians, many wearing gory makeup and Halloween-themed costumes, at the huge street festival known as Zombicon. Five young people were hit by bullets. But only one, ASA College’s star 20-year-old left tackle, Tyrell Taylor, remained flat on the street, his oversize red sneakers pointing straight toward the sky.

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Prosecutors say Shannon Miles walked up to Harris County Deputy Darren Goforth as he gassed up his cruiser, put a pistol to the back of the deputy’s head, and pulled the trigger. When Goforth hit the ground, police say Miles emptied his semi-automatic pistol into the deputy’s back. While officials first blamed the Black Lives Matter movement and its “rhetoric” for encouraging the public assassination of a cop, here’s what we’ve learned since: Miles has a long history of serious mental illness, the murdered deputy was at the scene with his mistress, two other deputies have been fired for sexual relations with that witness, and a third has since been terminated for trying to spark an “inappropriate relationship” with the woman. How the high-profile murder of a sheriff’s deputy morphed into a telenovela.

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