Crime Claims Two Jewelers’ Lives

Two jewelers died as the result of crimes on the same day in the first week of July.Mehmood Ghaznavi, 52, of Houston, and James Wilder, 69, of Gulfport, Miss., were both killed during robberies on July 5. The crimes are not believed to be connected.According to the Houston Police Department, two suspects entered Ghaznavi’s store, Java Gold Jewelry, around 8:15 p.m. on July 5. During the attempted robbery, the store owner and one of the suspects exchanged shots. Both suspects fled the scene on foot.Ghaznavi suffered a fatal bullet wound to the chest. Another male not believed to be involved in the robbery also suffered a gunshot wound; he was transported to a local hospital, where doctors expect him to survive.Anthony Lee Parks, 23, has been charged with Ghaznavi’s murder. His attorneys say the shooting was in self-defense since the jeweler followed him out of the store and shot at hi

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