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December 1, 1989 | From Associated Press
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 | Associated Press
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 | From Associated Press
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.
September 5, 1989 | GEORGE FRANK, Times Staff Writer
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 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
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.
February 10, 1991 | From Associated Press
Linebacker Broderick Thomas of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was shot in the upper chest and right arm Saturday outside a nightclub and was reported in stable but serious condition. An Air Force staff sergeant was arrested in the shooting, which police said took place at 2:40 a.m. outside Rumors Nightclub north of downtown. Staff Sgt. Frank Taylor Jr.
June 20, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Police in Jacksonville, Fla., released dramatic tapes of terrified office workers pleading for help on a 911 phone line as a gunman roamed through the building and shots rang out in the background. "He's got an AK-47 and he's killing everyone," whispered a General Motors Acceptance Corp. employee as James E. Pough made his way through the auto loan office. Authorities said Pough, 42, blazed away with a clip-loaded .30-caliber semiautomatic rifle. He then killed himself with a .
January 5, 1991 | Associated Press
A 13-year-old boy fired a .44-caliber magnum pistol at police Friday outside the middle school from which he had been suspended for burglary, authorities said. No one was injured. The boy was taken to the city's juvenile shelter after he was found hiding in a classroom at Paxon Middle School.
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