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'ZODIAC' BELIEVED TO BE KILLER OF HOMELESS MAN

A homeless man has become the latest victim of a gunman called "Zodiac" -- an attacker who has assaulted his victims in the predawn hours of four Thursdays, police said.

The shooting in Central Park Thursday was the work of the same gunman who claimed responsibility for three earlier shootings on the Brooklyn-Queens border, said Detective Chief Joseph Borrelli.

A report in today's New York Post says the Zodiac is choosing his victims by their astrological signs. The signs listed in a Zodiac note sent to the Post last week -- Taurus, Scorpio and Gemini -- matched the birth signs of the first three victims, the report said.

Detectives found a note from Zodiac on a bench where the Central Park victim had been sleeping. The victim, identified only as a 30-year-old homeless man, was in critical but stable condition at New York Hospital, police said.

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