NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A homeowner in the Milan neighborhood made his first court appearance Wednesday after shooting a man in what he claims was self defense.
Luiz Delima spoke briefly with his attorney and then his father after his first court appearance. He appeared to be wiping away tears.
The 45-year-old faces a charge of aggravated battery by shooting after New Orleans police say he shot a man outside his Louisiana Avenue home on Tuesday.
The incident happened around noon Tuesday on Louisiana Avenue near Loyola Avenue. Officers arriving on the scene found a 40-year-old man shot multiple times.
Delima claimed self defense. His attorney says he thought the man had a weapon or burglary tools and was attempting to break into the house.
The victim told police he was only urinating in the yard. Prosecutors say he was off of Delima's property and running away when Delima opened fire.
The victim suffered three gunshot wounds to the buttocks and both legs.
According to a witness, after Delima fired the shots, he asked his wife for another magazine or his backpack so he could reload his gun.
Delima has no prior criminal record and Judge Harry Cantrell set his bond at $50,000.
Delima's attorney says he made several complaints to New Orleans police about burglaries at his home prior to Monday's shooting.