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MIAMI — Four armed men with white bandannas covering their faces opened fire at a party early yesterday, killing a 20-year-old man and injuring six other persons, police said.

Authorities were searching for the four men, and the shootings were thought to be gang-related, police said.

About 300 people were attending the graduation and birthday party that began Saturday night and continued into the early morning at the Polish American Club in Miami.

At about 1 a.m., the four gunmen entered the party and began arguing with people, police said. They then started shooting, hitting people ages 15 to 20, police said.

The 20-year-old man, whose name was not immediately released, died at a hospital, police said.

Two victims were in critical condition yesterday. The rest were in stable condition, police said.

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Police deputy had seen that snake before

RAYVILLE — The chief deputy of Richland Parish didn’t just capture the 8-foot snake that had stopped highway traffic. He recognized it.

That let Chief Deputy Terry Thompson reunite the one-eyed boa constrictor with its owner, who had lost it when he moved to Rayville in March.

Deputy Thompson said that when he got to the spot where the snake had been spotted Friday morning, he was told that a driver had tried to run over the boa and shoot it.

A man and his wife stuck around to make sure the snake did, too.

One look told Deputy Thompson that it wasn’t poisonous.

“I caught it by the tail, pulled it out, and picked it up and put it into a pillowcase,” he said.

Then, he looked it in the face and realized they’d been introduced.

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