December 8, 1997 in Nation/World

Woman Killed At Laundromat

Associated Press

A woman already shot in the arm stumbled into a coin-operated laundry, chased by her armed boyfriend, then begged for her life in front of horrified customers before she was killed with a shotgun blast at close range.

“He clicked the gun once and then there was blood everywhere,” said Zeola Mitchell, who works at Sud-Z Coin Laundry.

Terri Smith, 26, was chased for about a block by the gunman, identified only as her 50-year-old boyfriend, before entering the laundry Friday morning.

“She was screaming, ‘He shot me! He shot me!”’ Mitchell said. “And then, ‘Please don’t shoot me again.”’ Mitchell and three customers were in the laundry when Smith was shot. None of the witnesses were wounded.

The gunman was found a few blocks away and was jailed for the homicide, police Sgt. Mark Hastings said.

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