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Shooting suspect surrenders

By Gheni_Platenburg
May 24, 2010 at 12:24 a.m.

Joerick Edwards

A murder suspect turned himself in to police at 9 p.m. Monday.

The Victoria Police Department had asked the community to help locate the suspect in Sunday's fatal shooting.

Victoria Police Chief Bruce Ure said an arrest warrant had been issued for 38-year-old Joerick Edwards.

Edwards was accused of killing 26-year-old Brian Franklin in the 100 block of Regency Avenue on Sunday morning.

"He is in the county jail," Ure said of Edwards. "And that's a great thing. This guy is very dangerous. He gunned down the victim in front of multiple witnesses."

Police investigators believed the suspect, who was described as 6-feet-tall, 165 pounds and with a gap in between his upper front teeth, remained in Victoria.

In addition to having "close local acquaintances in a local gang," Ure said the suspect has a rap sheet with previous arrests for robbery, assault causing bodily injury, theft, evading arrest and failure to identify as a fugitive.

Shortly before 3 a.m. Sunday, the police department received 9-1-1 calls reporting a shooting.

While en route, police located the victim being transported to the hospital via private automobile on Mockingbird Lane.

The Victoria Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services quickly arrived and rendered immediate medical attention to the man who had at least four gunshot wounds.

Franklin was transported to Citizens Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 5:15 a.m.

Ure said the suspect's behavior at the shooting was particularly alarming.

"As he was walking toward the victim he was shooting his gun in the air, almost like a scene from the Wild West," said Ure.

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

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

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