Murder On Main Street

On Dec. 3, a gunman walked into the Nice-Twice thrift shop in downtown Fresno, Calif., and leveled Betty Brukhart-Pereira, the store's 44-year-old manager, with two shotgun blasts. It wasn't robbery, apparently. Two weeks later, the police arrested a suspect in what they viewed as a possible random killing. It was a chilling example of how life is changing in fast-growing Fresno, where homicides were up about 60% in 1990 (chart).

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