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A New Orleans woman spent Valentine's Day behind bars after she reportedly shot and killed the father of her child outside Walmart.

Alexis King, 20, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of her boyfriend in a parking lot outside the entrance of Walmart in Chalmette.

The victim -- who was not named -- was rushed to a hospital, where he died.

Using surveillance video, investigators identified the victim as a Walmart employee, and King as a worker at a nearby business.

King admitted to killing her boyfriend once in police custody, according to the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff's Office.

Walmart reps released a statement to the NY Post on Tuesday:

"We were devastated to learn that one of our own had passed due to this horrific act of violence. Our focus is on supporting the associates in the store during this difficult time and assisting law enforcement in their investigation. Our hearts go out to the family and all those affected by this terrible situation."

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Atlanta police are asking the public for help identifying the person who shot a 12-year-old boy and left his body in the woods.

David Mack was found in a wooded area about a quarter mile from his home in Southwest Atlanta on Feb. 9.

His family reported him missing the day before, when he failed to return home after going to play football with friends.

Emergency responders found David unresponsive with multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

"He was not alert, not conscious or breathing and was confirmed deceased by Grady EMS," the Atlanta Police Department said in a release.

According to a police report obtained by WSB-TV, David's grandmother reported him missing at 8:43 p.m. Tuesday, after driving around the neighborhood looking for him. She gave police the name of a boy he said he was meeting.

Police canvassed the neighborhood searching for David. Calls to his cell phone went unanswered, according to AJC.com.

David's grandmother believes he was on his way home when he was killed.

"I have a lot of questions," she said, fighting back tears.

The police report indicated police did not suspect foul play in his disappearance. The officer assumed he would return home, though the officer did notify the Georgia Crime Information Center to add his name to the system as missing.

A $5,000 reward has been offered by Crime Stoppers for any information leading to an arrest.

A GoFundMe created by the family to help with his funeral expenses raised nearly $19,000.

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A 12-year-old boy shot and killed an intruder who shot his 73-year-old grandma during a home invasion robbery.

According to North Carolina officials, two masked men forced their way into a Goldsboro home and demanded money before shooting 73-year-old Linda Ellis.

"A 12-year-old juvenile occupant of the residence shot at the suspects with a firearm in self-defense, causing them to flee the area," said officials in a statement.

One of the suspects staggered to a nearby intersection where he collapsed. He was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

Police identified the deceased gunman as 19-year-old Khalil Herring, WRAL reported.

"Preliminary evidence suggest Khalil Herring was one of the two masked intruders and was shot during the robbery," wrote officials.

Ellis was hospitalized in stable condition with a gunshot wound to the leg

Randolph Bunn, the great-uncle of the boy, was in the home at the time of the intrusion.

"They came in the house, I open the door, I open it, and they came in there. One guy had a gun. They just put me down on the ground," he told ABC 11.

Bunn said the boy shot at the intruder who "just shot his grandma" and "would have shot him too, he would've shot me too, he would've killed us all".

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Ellis' great niece Chiquita Coley said, "I just couldn't believe she been shot because she's a good person."

"Why would somebody come into her house and do this? It's got to stop," said Coley.

"I don't know what they're thinking around here in Goldsboro, but it's got to stop," she added.

The boy will not be charged, but the investigation is ongoing, said officials.

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The NYPD arrested a homeless man dubbed the "A-Train Ripper" following a series of knife attacks that left two homeless people dead along the NYC subway system's A train line.

Police say Rigoberto Lopez, 21, was splattered with his victims' blood when he was taken into custody in Upper Manhattan on Saturday, Feb. 13.

Lopez was homeless and had a history of mental illness, according to reports.

Police recovered a blood-stained knife from Lopez. His shoes were splattered with his victims' blood.

The vicious stabbings left two people dead and two others injured. Hundreds of cops were deployed to hunt the "ripper" in a city where government officials defunded the police department following a summer of riots and political unrest.

Late Friday night, a man was found slumped over in his seat on an A train at Mott Avenue station in Far Rockaway. He suffered stab wounds to his neck and torso, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

At 1:15 a.m. Saturday, a 44-year-old woman was found in a pool of blood under her subway seat inside an A train at the 207th Street station in Inwood. She had stab wounds all over her body. She later died at a local hospital.

Two other victims, a 43-year-old man and a 67-year-old man, are being treated for stab wounds at area hospitals.

The stabbing spree sent shockwaves through the community, as New Yorkers complained about the lack of police presence in the subways, which are mostly empty due to the Covid.

NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea announced 500 additional cops to be deployed across the city immediately, the NY Post reports.

The stabbings follow a series of violent subway attacks, which included a commuter shoved onto the tracks.

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Nicki Minaj is mourning the loss of her father, Robert Maraj, who was killed in a hit-and-run accident in Long Island, NY on Friday, a spokesman confirmed. He was 64.

Maraj was hit by a car in Mineola while crossing Roslyn Road and Raff Avenue around 6 p.m. local time, Nassau County Police said.

TMZ reported that witnesses were unable to give authorities an accurate description of the driver who fled the scene.

Maraj was transported to a local hospital, where he later died.

Nicki, real name Onika Tanya Maraj, was born in Saint James, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, to Robert and Carol Maraj. Maraj worked as a finance executive and was a part-time gospel singer.

A reported drug addict and alcoholic, Maraj was allegedly abusive to Carol. In an interview with The Sun On Sunday, Carol said Maraj often struck her and the children. He allegedly set the family home on fire after an argument.

Fortunately, Carol sent Nicki and her brother to sleep at a friend’s house the night of the fire, Nicki told Wendy Williams.

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Carol, left, moved with her children to the Bronx, NY, when Nicki was five. Nicki didn't see her father again until she was an adult.

Carol said Nicki's violent upbringing helped mold her into the strong woman she is today.

Anyone with knowledge of the accident is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS.

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Authorities in North Carolina have charged a couple with the murder of a missing pregnant mother of two, whose body was found stuffed in a suitcase on Monday.

Brittany Samone Smith, 28, was reported missing on Feb. 5. She was last seen alive on February 4, according to the Wake County Sheriff's Office.

Her body was found stuffed inside a suitcase near the shoreline of the Neuse River, in Raleigh, according to a statement from the sheriff's office.

Her cause of death is strangulation. A motive for her murder was not disclosed.

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Authorities arrested Thomas Clayton Johnson, 37, and Emmalei Grace Trevathan, 24, during a traffic stop in Wake County on Wednesday.

Investigators did not reveal the information that led them to the suspects.

Johnson and Trevathan are being held without bond on charges of murder, murder of an unborn child, and concealment of a body.

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The sounds of gunfire startled residents early Thursday in an apartment building in suburban Sandy Springs, north of Atlanta.

Police were called to The Eva Apartments at 789 Hammond Drive in north Fulton County, around 2 a.m. in response to reports of shots fired.

They found three males shot inside an apartment. Two were dead at the scene and a third was rushed to a local hospital and is expected to survive, Fox 5 News reported.

Police said all of the men knew each other. There is no motive for the shooting.

Investigators spent the day collecting evidence and reviewing surveillance video that shows one man fleeing the scene.

A resident uploaded video showing the bloody aftermath of the shooting. Blood was seen inside an elevator and there are bloody footprints leading down a hallway.

The resident, @ice_tr3, captioned the video:

"Fatal shooting in my building The Eva in Sandy Springs last night around 2 am. It is reported that 3 Latino guys had an argument last night and then a shoot out between the 3 ensued. All three participants were shot Two was fatally shot the other one is in the hospital being treated for there injuries and the status is unknown. Police are currently investigating the incident. People are terrified and expect to see cheaper rent or they are departing... [sic]"

He added: "PSA. This was not black on black crime! They were Mexican!"
 

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When Phyllis Pena caught a man peeping in her 15-year-old daughter's bedroom window, she did what any mom would have done: she tackled him to the ground and held him for the police.

Viral video shows Pena delivering some Texas justice to a peeping Tom who picked the wrong girl's bedroom window to peek through.

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Pena (left) told Lake Jackson police she was returning home from the store at 7 a.m. on Jan. 21, when she spotted Zane Hawkins, 19, in her yard peeping in her daughter's bedroom window.

Pena immediately called the police, and when she saw the suspect flee, she told WPRC that her first instinct was to make sure he didn't escape the long arms of the law.

Video footage from a patrol unit shows Pena tackle Hawkins to the ground while her daughter, a star softball player, rushed over to help hold him down until police arrived.

"The cop fist-bumped me and he was like, 'Hey, so I heard the Texans are looking for a new linebacker,'" Pena told the news station.

She said Hawkins is known in the neighborhood but her daughter doesn't know him personally.

Pena shared the video of her hard tackle on her Facebook page, and it went viral around the globe.

She captioned the footage: "The video everyone has been waiting for. My next step is to try out for the NFL."

Hawkins is in jail facing charges of possession of a controlled substance, evading arrest and resisting arrest. More charges may be added.
 

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Deshawn Mcmanus, of Mecklenburg, North Carolina, was shot and killed days after he allegedly assaulted his live-in boyfriend.

McManus was killed during an altercation at an apartment complex on Kelston Place in Charlotte, NC, on Feb. 9

Witnesses say two people were involved in an altercation inside an apartment. The dispute moved to outside, and the victim was killed.

Police say McManus and the suspect knew each other.

McManus was previously arrested in January and charged with assault. He was released on $1,000 bond.

His lover, who goes by the username Slayed ByMone, took to Facebook to grieve.

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ByMone's posts attracted attention from Facebook users who initially confused ByMone for a woman. They gently broke the news to ByMone that McManus had a whole boyfriend who was also grieving.

One Facebook user wrote: "@Slayed ByMone when yall start dating like last night? cuz baby he gay, he have a whole live boyfriend that he stay with [sic]."

Another user wrote: "@Wayne Hudson he definitely loved his boyfriend they was so cute I loved their relationship. Demarco Cheerboy Dawson I'm sorry baby [sic]."

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A woman who believed she was communicating with pop singer Bruno Mars via text messages was scammed out $100,000 -- her entire savings.

The 63-year-old victim, a resident of Texas, believed she was "in love" with the 35-year-old singer.

The woman told police she assumed she was in contact with 11-time Grammy Award winner "Bruno Mars" after she received text messages showing Mars performing while he was on tour.

In September 2018, "Mars" asked the woman to send him a $10,000 check to help cover his touring expenses, and she agreed, according to authorities.

She went to a local branch of the Wells Fargo bank in North Richland Hills and withdrew a cashier's check made out to "Basil Chidiadi Amadi," a person described as a "friend of the band," according to authorities.

The woman deposited the check into an account at JPMorgan Chase bank.

Two days later, "Mars" contacted the woman again and asked for another $90,000, which she withdrew in a cashier's check that was made out to "Chi Autos" at the request of "Mars," according to TMZ.

The $90,000 check was deposited on September 14, 2018 into a separate bank account at JPMorgan Chase, according to investigators.

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Investigators subpoenaed bank records and traced the two JPMorgan Chase accounts to Nigerian scammer Chinwendu Azuonwu, 39, and his co-conspirator Basil Amadi, 29, both residents of Houston.

Azuonwu, 39, appeared in court on Tuesday to face charges of impersonating Mars on Instagram to swindle the victim out of her life savings.

Azuonwu said he did not know how $90,000 was deposited into his account, according to the criminal complaint. He also denied knowing Amadi or the woman.

Azuonwu and Amadi are charged with third-degree felony money laundering, KPRC-TV reported. Azuonwu's bail was set at $30,000.