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North Carolina man indicted in fatal shooting from garage

August 22, 2016 - 7:30 PM

RALEIGH, N.C. - A grand jury has indicted a North Carolina man accused of fatally shooting a young black man leaving a neighbour's house party.

Local media outlets report that Chad Copley was indicted Monday on murder charges in the Aug. 7 death of 20-year-old Kouren-Rodney Thomas.

According to authorities and 911 tapes, 39-year-old Copley fired a shotgun from inside his garage after calling police to complain of "hoodlums" in his neighbourhood. Thomas' mother says he was struck while walking with a friend to their car.

Copley, who is white, told a dispatcher he "fired a warning shot" to people "showing a firearm." But the party's host says he didn't see anyone with a gun.

Thomas' family says they hope the indictment sends the message that "this kind of malicious behaviour cannot, and will not, be tolerated."

News from © The Associated Press, 2016
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