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America's Next Top Model Contestant Reportedly Wounded in Houston Shooting

Brandy Rusher in 2010.
Brandy Rusher in 2010. Screenshot/Facebook
A former America's Next Top Model finalist was among four injured in a shooting at a northeast Harris County apartment complex that left two dead Sunday, TMZ is reporting.

Brandy Rusher, who was a finalist on season four, is reportedly in critical condition in the intensive care unit at an unnamed hospital. TMZ did not say how it confirmed this information, and the Harris County Sheriff's Office was unwilling to confirm it to the Houston Press, having only released the identity of one person who was killed in the shooting.

According to HCSO, around 6:30 Sunday evening, a white car pulled into the Haverstock Hills apartment complex on Aldine Bender Road, which has been known in the past for gang activity and even includes a small HCSO station on site. Two of the men in the car jumped out and confronted several people standing underneath a stairwell. As the argument grew heated, according to HCSO, another man jumped out of the car with a semi-automatic rifle and began shooting. HCSO spokesman Thomas Gilliland said the man fired 15 to 18 rounds, striking four men and two women multiple times.

Two of the men, including Christopher Beatty, the only formally identified victim, died from their wounds. The other four, purportedly including Rusher, were transported to various hospitals.


Police are searching for the suspects, who fled in the white vehicle. The sheriff's office Homicide Unit is asking anyone with information about this crime to contact it at 713-274-9100, or contact Crime Stoppers at 713-222-8477. Crime Stoppers is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspects.
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Meagan Flynn is a staff writer at the Houston Press who, despite covering criminal justice and other political squabbles in Harris County, drinks only one small cup of coffee per day.
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