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The latest shooting death came Friday, when 78-year-old Rahmatollah Vahidipour was killed at his store, She She, in Brooklyn’s Flatbush section. He suffered gunshot wounds to the head and torso, police said.

Police said the same gun was used in the deaths of two other Brooklyn shopkeepers over the summer but said they don’t know the motive behind any of the killings.

OHIO

Son of Madoff accountant becomes case’s latest suicide

COLUMBUS — Authorities say the son of Bernard Madoff’s longtime accountant, who pleaded guilty to securities fraud in the scandal centered on the financier, committed suicide in central Ohio.

Police say 23-year-old Jeremy Friehling was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his Columbus apartment last week. He was a second-year student at Ohio State’s medical school.

Franklin County’s coroner says there’s no indication that the Madoff scandal had anything to do with Mr. Friehling’s suicide. Police say he left a note but they would not give details about it.

His father, Madoff accountant David Friehling, pleaded guilty in New York in 2009 to securities fraud charges and awaits sentencing. David Friehling’s attorney says the family declines to comment.

Madoff’s son hanged himself in 2010 in his New York apartment.

TEXAS

Crash probe says truck began to cross tracks as bells rang

MIDLAND — The truck being used as a parade float when it was hit by a train in West Texas resulting in the deaths of four U.S. military veterans was donated for the event, organizers said Sunday.

Investigators say the truck began crossing the train tracks even though warning bells were sounding and lights were flashing. It was the second of two parade floats filled with wounded war veterans. The first float had already cleared the tracks when the accident happened.

The National Transportation Safety Board released a timeline of the accident Saturday, based on information from cameras and data recorders.

“Once the crossing becomes active, people should stop,” lead investigator Robert Accetta with the NTSB said.

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