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Court date set in Katrina shooting case

5 years ago July 29, 2010 Jul 29, 2010 Thursday, July 29 2010 Thursday, July 29, 2010 4:05:30 AM CDT in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Andrea Fontenot

A Mississippi man is set to be arraigned on charges he fired a shotgun at three black men in what prosecutors call a racially motivated attack in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath.

One of Roland Bourgeois Jr.'s alleged victims was shot in the throat but survived.

Two others had less serious wounds.

Bourgeois allegedly opened fire on the men as they tried to leave New Orleans after the August 2005 storm.

A five-count indictment handed up this month claims Bourgeois and others discussed shooting black people and defending a New Orleans neighborhood on the south side of the Mississippi River
from "outsiders" after the storm.

Bourgeois is scheduled to appear before a federal magistrate Thursday for his arraignment.

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