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Grand jury to hear self-defense shooting

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BATON ROUGE - A deadly shooting last year outside Club Shala was initially classified by investigators as self-defense shooting, but a closer review may paint a different picture of what happened.

Corey Kaufman, 32 was shot by a security guard as he sat inside his car. Investigators said the guard claimed Kaufman pointed a gun at him, but evidence at the scene may not support that conclusion.

"The crowd was hot," said Barbara Kaufman, Corey's mother. "They were screaming and hollering, he didn't do anything, he didn't do anything."

Kaufman's family said he had a lot going for him. He had a Master's Degree, just purchased a house, worked at Exxon and mentored kids.

"He was not the statistic average black male," Demetra Turner said. "I think the investigation was handled as so."

District Attorney Hillar Moore said new evidence necessitates that a Grand Jury take a look at the case.

"I'm not second-guessing the police department," Moore said, "but certainly under these circumstances someone has come forward with some information that was or wasn't investigated.  Now it has been, and just under these circumstances, it's fair for all involved and the community to present this to a Grand Jury."

Kaufman's family hopes an indictment will come out of this.

"I hope someone is arrested, because I know he (Kaufman) was murdered," his mother said.

The case goes to a grand jury on July 17.


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