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Woman Shoots Man She Accused of Rape, Police Say

July 26, 1989

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ A woman angered over the dismissal of a rape charge shot and critically wounded the man she had accused, police said today.

Elizabeth Gooden, 26, was being held without bail for investigation of attempted murder. Her brother, Leroy Gooden, 31, was booked on the same charge for allegedly fleeing the scene of the shooting with the gun, police said.

Wilson Picquet, 38, who lived in the same apartment complex as the Goodens, was in critical condition today at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, said police Detective John Bunch.

Ms. Gooden told police Friday that she had been raped by Picquet after a night of drinking in his apartment, Bunch said. Picquet was booked for investigation of rape the same day.

Miss Gooden, Picquet, detectives and a deputy district attorney met Tuesday to examine the case. Picquet said Miss Gooden had agreed to have sex with him, but the couple argued later.

The deputy district attorney dismissed the case, saying it hinged on Gooden’s word against Picquet’s.

Bunch said the woman had given no indication she was upset enough to attack Picquet. But as he returned to the apartment complex about Tuesday night, Gooden fired one shot at close range into Picquet’s chest, then stood over him and fired seven more shots from a .380-caliber automatic pistol, Bunch said.

She also threw a beer bottle at him, the detective said.

She then allegedly handed the gun to her brother, who was arrested a few blocks away, without the weapon, said Bunch.

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