There are major developments to report tonight in the shooting investigation involving State Senator RC Soles. Wednesday afternoon, District Attorney Rex Gore announced that he has asked a special prosecutor from the Attorney General's Office to step in and take over the case. Gore had been under increasing public scrutiny, after initially indicating he would not recuse himself in this matter. He and the Senator have a long friendship, are political allies, and were implicated together in a federal investigation in the 1980's, in which Soles was accused of buying votes for Rex Gore. Those charges were ultimately dismissed. Gore told WWAY this afternoon that he wants to make sure that when the final decision in this case was made, the public would have confidence in the decision, unclouded by who made it. “I have not generally over my 20-plus years as a prosecutor done that very often. I still believe the public hires us to make hard decisions and it is our first responsibility to do that. But again, the public needs to focus on the merits of the decision based on the evidence and the facts and not be sidetracked by the concern of who made that decision,” Gore said. The shooting in question happened on August 23rd at Senator Soles’ Tabor City home. He told investigators that 22-year-old Kyle Blackburn, and 23-year-old BJ Wright, both clients of his legal practice, were trying to break into his home. Authorities say Soles used a pistol to fire a warning shot in the air, and then fired another shot, which hit Kyle Blackburn in the leg. Blackburn told NewsChannel 3 that he was leaving the property when he was shot. The State Bureau of Investigation seized surveillance video from the Senator's home. Their investigation is ongoing and no charges have been filed. In the interview this afternoon, Rex Gore also told us he is recusing himself as prosecutor from a separate investigation, launched when a man accused the Senator of molesting him years ago.
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