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Woman shot in head near Miami Lakes movie theater dies
News partner NBC 6
MIAMI LAKES - March 24 2005 - A Hialeah woman has died from a gunshot wound received Wednesday night after she was shot in the head while walking in the parking lot of a busy Main Street movie theater last night, news partner NBC 6 reported on Thursday.
Wednesday night, police in Miami Lakes were on the lookout for a dark-colored car with five people inside after witnesses reported seeing someone inside the vehicle firing a BB gun.
Around the same time, police said, a car fitting the same description pulled into a shopping center on Main Street. This time, shots were fired from a real weapon, hitting a woman in the head.
Investigators are trying to determine whether it was a coincidence or if the two incidents are related.
Authorities said Beatriz Camara, 39, arrived in the parking lot to pick up her mother and daughter from the movie theater when shots ran out.
"There were several shots. They are still trying to determine how many shots," said Miami-Dade police spokeswoman Nelda Fonticella. "Our crime investigation scene detectives are just arriving now and they will be able to answer that."
There were dozens of witnesses, but they could provide little information about exactly what happened. Miami-Dade police investigators have only the description of a black car with dark, tinted windows. They think the car is a Nissan.
"Nothing was taken from her as far as we can tell. No demands were made from her. We don't believe this was an attempted robbery," Fonticella said.
Camara was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center where she was initially listed in critical condition. She died of the gunshot wound overnight.
Anyone with information is asked to call Miami-Dade Crimestoppers at 305-471-TIPS.
Ex-fire Chief, Facing Sex Charge, Allegedly Shoplifts
Authorities say Dennis Steadman, free until his trial, tried to get a refund for a home electronics item he never paid for at a Murray Sears store last week.
Police said Steadman presented an old receipt with an item that he took off store shelves.
The 54-year-old has been charged with retail theft, a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail and a thousand-dollar fine.
A hearing has been set for May 9th, during which his pre-trial release agreement may be revoked.
Steadman was arrested in February after arranging to meet a 13-year-old girl -- who was actually an undercover police office. He later resigned as a battalion chief from the Unified Fire Authority.
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