Man, 19, Charged in Slayings of 4 Women

<i> Associated Press</i>

A 19-year-old man was charged Tuesday with killing his girlfriend and three of her friends, possibly because she refused to help him conceal an undisclosed crime, officials said.

Authorities were hunting for Arthur Goodman and his 16-year-old brother, who may have been with him when the shootings occurred Monday afternoon.

An apartment handyman who might have been trying to help the women was shot in the abdomen and critically wounded.

The city had six homicides in all of 1998.