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Man charged with murder after shooting himself with gun used in killing

A man who accidentally shot himself at a Walmart in Texas has been charged with killing a homeless man after his gun was linked to the unsolved murder, authorities said.

Laquavana Ladarien Goode, 28, was booked into the Dallas County Jail on March 2 for murder. He remains in custody Thursday on $150,000 bail, online records show.

Goode, of Shreveport, Louisiana, is accused of fatally shooting Lonnie Lewis, 62, as he drove past a Dallas homeless camp on July 25, according to an affidavit accompanied by a warrant obtained from the Dallas Morning News.

Goode allegedly fired five shots into the homeless camp while people slept. Hours later, witnesses attempted to rouse Lewis but found he had been shot and died in his sleeping bag. However, investigators recovered several shell casings at the scene, the affidavit said.

Months later, Goode told police on Jan. 25 that he shot himself in the knee while he was parked at a Lewisville Walmart. He called 911 for help and investigators took the gun to test it, police said.

Laquavana Ladarien Goode
Laquavana Ladarien Goode claimed he shot himself in the knee at a Walmart in Texas.
Courtesy Dallas County Jail

Cops later learned the gun was returned as a match for shell casings recovered at the homeless camp, the affidavit said.

Goode admitted to detectives that he was the sole owner of the gun as of 2019 and never let anyone borrow it. According to the affidavit, he also drove a car that matched a description of the vehicle spotted at the homeless camp in July.

A firearms expert, meanwhile, told Dallas police that the same gun that Goode wounded himself with fired the round that killed Lewis, the affidavit said.

A woman posing as Goode’s mother declined to comment when reached by The Post on Thursday. It’s unclear if he has hired an attorney to comment on his behalf.

Goode’s Facebook page says he’s from Louisiana, but shows he was in Houston a week before Lewis was killed.

https://nypost.com/2022/03/10/man-charged-with-murder-after-shooting-self-with-gun-used-in-slaying/ Man charged with murder after shooting himself with gun used in killing

JACLYN DIAZ

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