Raleigh shooting suspect called 'George Zimmerman 2.0' by lawyer for victim's family

"He was a good kid, and I don't have him anymore. there's nothing I can do".

"I am locked and loaded", the caller said, according to a recording provided by the Raleigh Police Department.

Her comments come after her son, Kouren-Rodney Bernard Thomas, was shot outside a home in the 3500 block of Singleleaf Lane, early Sunday morning. "We were all looking around like, who got a gun?" PARTIAL TRANSCRIPT OF THE 911 CALL:Operator: I'm sorry you're going to do what to the neighborhood? "I'm going outside to secure my neighborhood".

During a 911 call at 12:57 a.m. Sunday, Copley said that he fired a shot while several people were outside his home and they had guns. One included remarks about race. She said that the law gave Dunn the confidence to think he could shoot her son.

As they were leaving, Walker said Thomas saw what he believed to be police lights. "My kids are not hoodlums", Butler-Thomas, who's black, told ABC News before today's news conference.

A self described neighborhood watchman called the police and then shot and killed a young black man to, in his words, protect his neighborhood.

"Race did play a part and it has to end".

Thomas, affectionately nicknamed as Koury, was not a "hoodlum" though, as Copley's call seemed to suggest, but was simply visiting a party a few houses down.

Copley has been charged with first-degree murder in a case that is disturbingly similar to the 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

Thomas had been working at McDonald's and was excited to move his girlfriend into East Carolina University this fall.

"All the killing, black kids, white kids, adults, I'm just exhausted. Everybody should be exhausted every day", she said. "When is it going to end?" "I'm trying to protect myself and my family". "This hurts so bad", Kouren Thomas' older brother Kristian Williams said.

Bamberg cited similarities between the Martin and Thomas shootings: both were African-American males and both were allegedly shot by men claiming to be part of neighborhood watch. Walker also denied Copley's claims about the presence of firearms.

"The association is mainly concerned with covenant enforcement and social functions, like mowing the front entrance and fixing things", Mike Ellis, a spokesman for the Neuse Crossing Homeowners Association, the area in which Copley lived, told the Raleigh News & Observer. Copley, on the other hand, is the one far from being a paragon of virtue.

Thomas was walking with a friend, David Walker, to their parked auto down the street when he was shot, said Butler-Thomas, who found out about the incident from her son's friends and witnesses at the scene. He was acquitted of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges, which sparked civil rights protests and intense scrutiny of Florida's "stand your ground" law.

Chad Copley, 39, is led into a courtroom at the Wake County Judicial Center in Raleigh, North Carolina, Aug. 8, 2016.

The District Attorney is presenting the case to a grand jury at the end of this month.

Copley's lawyer, Raymond Tarlton, released a statement to CBS affiliate WNCN cautioning against a rush to judgment.

Vanessa Coleman

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