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Man Killed After Shooting Up Shelter For Battered Women

January 3, 1993

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) _ A man forced his ex-girlfriend’s mother to take him to a battered women’s shelter, stormed inside and fired shots before he was killed by police Saturday, authorities said.

None of the 37 women and children at the shelter were injured, said executive director Rita DeYoung.

James Cox III, an unemployed dishwasher, had been under court order to stay away from his former girlfriend, who accused him of beating and raping her, said State Attorney Harry Shorstein.

The shelter’s location is confidential, but Cox, 23, abducted his former girlfriend’s mother at gunpoint and forced her to take him there, police said.

Once there, he demanded entry, then shot through the door and stormed inside, kicking down other doors and firing shots before police shot him.

″Just by the grace of God was no one else hurt,″ said DeYoung. ″He was very focused on trying to find that one particular woman.″

Police would not say whether the ex-girlfriend was present.

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