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Sunday, January 30, 2011

South End shooting victim identified

1-29-2011 Massachusetts:

NEW BEDFORD — Authorities have identified the man who was fatally shot in the face on a South End street corner in broad daylight Friday as Timothy Cowart, 29, of 40 Roosevelt St.

Cowart was shot near the intersection of Thompson and Hyacinth streets around 12:05 p.m. Friday. He was rushed to St. Luke's Hospital, where he was pronounced dead just before 1 p.m.

Both New Bedford Police and State Police are investigating the matter. As of press time Saturday, no arrests had been made in connection with the shooting.

A witness on Friday said the victim and gunman were walking together when the gunman drew a gun and shot Cowart in the face at close range.

Neighborhood residents said they heard four shots ring out and some witnesses said the gunman ran east toward County Street before turning north on Warwick Street.

Cowart was no stranger to crime. A registered sex offender stemming from a 2000 conviction for indecent assault and battery on a person aged 14 or older, the 29-year-old was arrested last June for allegedly threatening a woman near a Purchase Street apartment with a gun. The woman left her friend's apartment to call police because the presence of Cowart, along with another man, made her uncomfortable.

Cowart, however followed her outside and, according to the victim, lifted up his shirt to reveal a small silver handgun in his waistband. According to court records, he then allegedly told the female, "I know you ain't calling the cops."

Saturday, a single red candle that depicted a crucified Jesus Christ was placed in the middle of a sidewalk near the intersection where Cowart was killed. A man who lived at the South End tenement listed as Cowart's home address declined to comment for this story Saturday afternoon.

After releasing Cowart's identity early Saturday afternoon, Bristol County District Attorney C. Samuel Sutter's office indicated no further information regarding the case would be released since it is a pending and ongoing homicide investigation. ..Source.. by Dan McDonald

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