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Man Shot To Death on Subway over Gold Chain

April 5, 1985

NEW YORK (AP) _ A 23-year-old man was shot and killed on a subway after refusing to surrender three gold chains, but the gunmen grabbed two of the chains and got away, officials said.

It was the second slaying in two days on the city’s subway system. On Wednesday, Maria LaFortune, 22, was shoved from a platform in front of an oncoming train in Manhattan. No one has been arrested in that slaying.

In an unrelated incident, a man was listed in stable condition at a Bronx hospital today after he was shot in the stomach, ″possibly during a robbery,″ on a subway platform Thursday night, authorities said.

Police spokesman Sgt. Ed Leschack said Alfred Riddick, of Brooklyn, was riding the train Thursday night as it approached its final stop in Brooklyn when two men approached him and demanded the gold chains he was wearing.

Riddick refused and the three men began fighting on the moving train. One of the two men fired three shots at Riddick, striking him in the chest and stomach, Leschack said.

The gunmen managed to grab two of the chains during the scuffle, and fled when the train pulled into the station, the sergeant said. Riddick was taken to Brookdale Hospital, where he died early today.

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