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April 29, 2001

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Pittsburgh

Witnesses describe killings in racial case

A gunman who shot two men outside an Indian grocery store during a shooting rampage in which five people were killed was aiming at one of the victims, a witness testified Saturday.

Richard Baumhammers, a 35-year-old white man, is accused of killing a Jewish neighbor, a man of Indian descent, two Asians and a black man on April 28, 2000, during a one-hour rampage across the Pittsburgh suburbs.

Prosecutors say Baumhammers, a nonpracticing immigration lawyer, carefully selected nonwhite victims. Defense attorneys don't dispute that he killed the victims, but say he is innocent by reason of insanity.

Washington, D.C.

Three more Marines charged in Missouri

Three more Marine Corps instructors will be court-martialed on charges related to a sexual harassment scandal at a training base in Missouri, Quantico officials said Friday, bringing to seven the number of Marines formally charged.

Staff Sgt. Steve A. Rosario, 30, of Erie, Pa., is charged with fraternization with a student and sexual harassment, Staff Sgt. Bernard Smith, 29, of Chesterfield, S.C., is charged with fraternization and assault, and Staff Sgt. Kenneth Wilson, 34, of Anson, N.C., is charged with assault, officials said.

The charges involve alleged offenses by instructors against students at a Marine unit at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.

Florida

Gunman kills two at apartment building

A man dressed in black opened fire with a pistol Friday in the lobby of his Hollywood apartment building, killing two people and wounding two others before shooting himself, police said.

Stuart L. Williams, 34, left a suicide note in his apartment in the building, police said.

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