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NEW BEDFORD, Mass. -- Several people were shot at a gay bar in New Bedford early Thursday morning.

NewsCenter 5's Gail Huff reported that at least three people were targeted, and one of them suffered serious injuries.

It happened at Puzzle's Lounge on Front Street, a bar connected to a small multi-family home.

Neighbors said an armed man walked in to the bar, shot three people and fled. He is still at large.

Police were investigating reports that the attack may have been a hate crime. There was no official word on any arrests.

Investigators cordoned off the area and were gathering information about the attack.

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That's just senseless. I don't care how much you disagree with a lifestyle, it does not give you the right to act as Judge, Jury & Executioner. I hope this isn't really just because the patrons of the club were gay, I know it doesn't make it "better" if it wasn't a hate crime, but I just cannot stand anybody being targeted because of skin color or lifestyle.

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People like this let hate consume them and take over their soul. Well, the guy is now in the hospital, having shot and killed two more people before being shot twice in the head. One of them was a cop. The guy is a Neo-Nazi.

The jackass died today. Good riddance.

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MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. - A teenager suspected in a brutal rampage at a Massachusetts gay bar died Sunday from wounds suffered a day earlier in a shootout with Arkansas police after he fatally shot a police officer who had stopped his car and a woman he had picked up in West Virginia, authorities said.

The slain officer, Jim Sell, 63, did not know the 18-year-old he had stopped for a traffic violation in the small northern Arkansas town of Gassville was Jacob D. Robida who was wanted in the hatchet-and-gun attack Thursday that left three men injured at a New Bedford bar more than 1,200 miles away, investigators said.

Robida shot the officer and then led police on a 20-mile chase through the Arkansas hills before his car crashed in Norfork.

Investigators said the teen then shot his passenger, Jennifer Rena Bailey, 33, in the head and started firing at police.

Arkansas State Police Lt. Bill Beach said officers didn't know who was in the car until after the gunfight.

Robida, who was shot twice in the head, died at Cox-South Hospital in Springfield, Mo., hospital spokesman Randy Berger said.

New Bedford police said they were still trying to determine what motivated Robida, a high school dropout who friends said had a swastika tattoo, but had not previously expressed prejudice toward homosexuals.

After the attack at the Puzzles Lounge, police say Robida picked up Bailey at her home in Charleston, W.Va., but it was unknown whether the mother of three went willingly.

"She and this guy, Robida, were acquaintances," West Virginia State Police Sgt. C.J. Ellyson said. "The extent of their relationship I don't know. They were corresponding over the Internet and in letters."

Bailey was either divorced or separated from her husband.

Massachusetts investigators had been in contact with West Virginia authorities before Saturday's killings in Arkansas, said New Bedford police Capt. Richard Spirlet. He would not give details, saying, "That's part of the investigation."

At Puzzles in New Bedford, there was a mix of relief, sadness and disappointment.

"I wish he would have lived and gone on trial," said Dan Sheterom, 51, a regular who lives in an apartment above the bar. "I would have liked to have seen if the commonwealth here would have taken it up to the federal government as a hate crime."

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I know this is harsh to say, but i'm glad he is gone. I would never wish something like that on anyone, but what he did was arrogant and everything else of the sort. It COULD happen to anyone, and that is the scar part of the whole issue.

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I honestly don't see why people have to be that way. Whether or not you agree with another person's lifestyle doesn't give you the right to go and just kill them. May he burn in hell for the pain he has caused.

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The leaders of these hate groups get these lonely young kids and, knowing that they were probably taught that crap in the home, push them to do things like this. American History X is a motion picture that really shows both sides of what that kind of hate can do.

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