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Police Talk to Suspects in Model Shooting

June 3, 2004

NEW YORK (AP) _ Police searching for the gunman in the shooting of a 23-year-old model on a Manhattan subway train questioned several people on Wednesday, including the victim’s former roommate.

An attorney for the roommate confirmed reports that police considered the man a potential suspect in the shooting of Monica Meadows. He denied his client was involved.

``He didn’t shoot the girl,″ said the attorney, Gerald Shargel.

The NYPD’s top spokesman, Paul Browne, said no arrest was imminent.

The victim, a magazine model and aspiring actress from McDonough, Ga., remained in stable condition at Bellevue Hospital after being shot in the left shoulder on a moving subway train Tuesday near Times Square.

Police said the shooter _ described by witnesses as a ``scruffy″ man with blond hair in his early 30s _ fired one round from a small-caliber weapon before fleeing into another subway car. He slipped away from the subway after it stopped at West 42nd Street.

Meadows left the subway on her own power and sought help at a token booth. She told police she never saw the gunman.

The bullet barely missed Meadows’ lungs and major arteries, said Dr. Maurizio Miglietta, the surgeon who operated on her. She was expected to leave the hospital by the end of the week, and plans to remain in the city, her father said.

She ``came to New York and has been working really, really hard to follow her dreams,″ Rod Meadows told reporters. ``She’s not going to let this incident slow her down.″

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