July 29, 1987 |
A man in court for an alimony hearing opened fire Tuesday in a judge's conference room, killing the judge and two other people before being wounded by a sheriff, authorities said. Clyde Melvin, 62, of nearby Apalachicola, was immediately taken into custody and charged with three counts of first-degree murder and one count of aggravated battery with a firearm.
October 27, 1987 |
A distraught investor hit by heavy stock market losses opened fire Monday in a Merrill Lynch office, killing the branch manager and critically wounding a broker before fatally shooting himself in the head, police said. Arthur Kane, 53, a Social Security claims examiner, was a regular visitor to the brokerage office beside an upscale shopping center in suburban Miami. He was an easy-going, good-humored man, Merrill Lynch employees said.
February 3, 1990 |
Roy Lee Snelling Sr. was watching the TV program "Rescue 911" when a bullet crashed through a window, an interior wall and his chair and struck him in the back. Moments later, his wife was calling 911. "I was standing right beside him doing some ironing when we heard a shot. My husband grabbed his chest and said, 'I've been shot.' I thought he was kidding at first, then I saw the blood," said his wife, Rosa Lee Snelling.
December 1, 1989 |
A police officer who shot a black motorcyclist testified in his own defense Thursday, telling jurors he fired only because he thought he was about to die. "He just came straight at me and he just revved the motorcycle," officer William Lozano, 31, testified. "He was just aiming at me. I was just only able to turn my body, draw my gun and shoot." The testimony was broadcast live on television and radio in Miami, where three days of racial violence broke out following the Jan. 16 shooting.
July 27, 1987 |
Police searched for a 17-year-old boy suspected of firing a shotgun at two groups of teen-agers Sunday, slightly injuring 11 with birdshot, authorities said. The shootings near a public housing project apparently were sparked by an argument between two teen-age girls over a boy, police said. They were seeking a brother of one of the girls.
November 13, 1992 |
Police investigating a string of rock-throwing and sniper attacks along one of the busiest gateways for tourists visiting Florida arrested a third teen-ager Thursday in the wounding of a motorist. Investigators said there could be more arrests in the nine-month rash of attacks on the 20-mile beltway around Jacksonville. As many as 150 National Guardsmen kept up patrols with camouflaged vehicles and helicopters.
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September 5, 1989 |
A Laguna Hills dentist said Monday that he feels "extremely lucky" to be alive after being wounded when a bullet pierced the commercial airliner in which he was flying as it was about to land Sunday at Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. In a telephone interview from his home in Dove Canyon, near Rancho Santa Margarita, Edward C. Wright, 42, described the head wound he received in the Sunday incident as superficial. "I feel pretty good, but there is an emotional letdown from all the excitement," he said.
December 18, 1991 |
A man stalking his former girlfriend shot her and himself to death in a crowded McDonald's restaurant, wounding the woman's 4-year-old boy as he sat on her lap, police in Hialeah, Fla., said. They said Beatrice Castillo, 27, was having lunch with her estranged husband and their son when Rafael Antonio Coiscoy, 34, burst in and shot her twice with a .38-caliber revolver. One of the bullets passed through the right shoulder of her son.