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Police expect to issue arrest warrant soon in shooting death of Victoria man

By ALLISON MILES
May 23, 2010 at 12:23 a.m.

Brian Franklin, 26, was shot and killed in the 100 block of Regency Avenue on Sunday morning. Franklin lived in Regency Studio Apartments. Apartment management said the shooter did not enter apartment premises, but shot Franklin from the street.

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A 26-year-old Victoria man is dead after a Sunday morning shooting.

The Victoria Police Department received a 911 call shortly before 3 a.m., reporting a shooting at the 100 block of Regency Avenue, according to a police department news release.

While heading to the site, officers found the victim, Brian Franklin, being taken to the hospital in a private car along Mockingbird Lane, according to the release. He had suffered multiple gunshot wounds.

The Victoria Fire Department EMS assisted with medical attention and transported Franklin to Citizens Medical Center, but he was pronounced dead at 5:15 a.m.

Franklin and a few acquaintances had been to the Shady Shady O nightclub on 2409 Port St. earlier, according to the release. A fight broke out between one of Franklin's acquaintances and some others just before the club closed.

Police are investigating any correlation between the fight and Franklin's shooting.

No arrests had been made as of 8 p.m. Sunday, but Police Chief Bruce Ure said he expects to issue a warrant by Monday.

Don Easley owns and manages Regency Studio Apartments, where Franklin lived and the shooting occurred.

Because the incident took place so early, he said, he didn't hear any commotion.

He said police told him the shooter wasn't on premises, but shot Franklin from the street. It's a rare occurrence for the complex, Easley said.

"We've never had anything like that before," he said. "I don't know what happened and why."

A close friend described Franklin as a cool, laid-back and outgoing guy. He was a student and father who loved his daughter, she said.

The friend wished to remain anonymous for fear of retribution.

Franklin was employed at Golden Corral and worked his way up from dishwasher to cook, she said. At one point, he served a prison sentence, she said, but turned his life around after he was released.

"When he got out, he just straightened up," she said. "He did the right thing as far as finishing parole and never got a violation that I know of."

One of her favorite memories involved a time she picked Franklin up in her car, which had items - including a Bible - stacked in the back seat.

"I said, 'Excuse the mess,'" she said. "He said, 'Don't worry about it. I see you have a Holy Bible. You're blessed in this mess.'"

He was proud the day he upgraded his car from a Buick to a Cadillac, the friend said, and always had a sense of humor.

That's one thing she said she'll miss.

"He always made me laugh, always had the right things to say," she said. "If I was feeling down, I could call and talk to him. He was a good friend to have."

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