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UPDATE: Coroner releases name of man killed in attempted Goldsmith Lane liquor store robbery

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Officials have released the name of the person police say was shot and killed while allegedly trying to rob a liquor store on Goldsmith Lane.

Jefferson County Deputy Coroner Bob Jones said 41-year-old Sami Abulaila died Friday night at University Hospital from gunshot wounds. Police say Abulaila was shot while allegedly trying to rob Liquor World on Goldsmith Lane, near Bardstown Road. Officials say the shooting happened just before 11 p.m. Friday.  

The section of Bardstown Road south of the Watterson Expressway has long been thought of as a haven for crime by many, but several people are working together to change that perception.

“We're always talking about keeping your eyes open and being vigilant,” said Bon Air Neighborhood Association President Patrick Carrico. “You have to make sure you're aware of your surroundings.”

But on Friday night, that perception was once again a reality.

“Any time a person dies in your neighborhood, it's not a good look,” Carrico said.

Police say Abulaila showed his weapon to an employee, who then pulled out a gun and shot him. In spite of that, Carrico believes things are looking up.

 "A lot of the crime is centralized around several businesses,” he said.

Some of that, he says, has to do with the Economy Inn, which is currently facing additional inspections from the Health Department.

“The city appears to really be committed to taking a very long, hard look at the history of failed health inspections at the Economy Inn,” Carrico said.

Much of the push from Metro Council has come from District 10 Councilman Steve Magre. But Carrico says this is only part of what he thinks is a long-term plan to turn the area around. Coupled with the addition of a new Costco in the area and the demolition of the of the Midtown Inn and Suites, Carrico says he expects things to get better soon.

“We're extremely pleased with all the support and a lot of this private investment,” he added.

Meanwhile, LMPD says they do not to expect to pursue charges for the store clerk who shot Abulaila.

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