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07/19/04

Man Shot While Driving

Garden City police are investigating the city's latest homicide. Early this morning, 22-year-old Luis Ratera was driving down the street when he was shot in the head and killed. People on Harley Drive are terrified to come out of their house, fearing they might be next.

Resident Kristie Fowler describes it as a "pretty nice neighborhood. Not too much goes on here. No one bothers you unless you bother them."

But the murder left an uneasy feeling on neighbors' minds. "I was getting ready for work and I heard a gunshot and I thought nothing of it," recalled Fowler. "Then I heard a crash."

Ratera's car crashed into a trailer, damaging the home and leaving tire marks in the front. Police suspect the killer shot Ratera while he was driving the car. "It appears he was shot some distance from the motor home and the vehicle backed into the motor home," said Chief David Lyons.

Now many residents are afraid to drive after the sun sets and many of them say they'll have a hard time just sleeping at night. Rose Brookshire said neighbors are "pretty scared. We don't know the details. We don't know what happened."

Garden City police suspect that this may not have been a random shooting, but they say said it's too soon to tell and the investigation is continuing.

Reported by: Hena Daniels, hdaniels@wtoc.com

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