A white man fatally shot two Black customers at a Kroger grocery store in Kentucky and reportedly said, “Whites don’t shoot whites,” after the attack on Thursday.
According to an arrest report, 51-year-old Gregory Alan Bush walked into the Louisville store, pulled a gun from his waist and immediately shot a Black man in the back of the head. Once the man fell the ground, Bush kept shooting him multiple times, reported the Chicago Tribune.
The report says Bush then re-holstered his gun, walked outside and killed a woman in the parking lot.
Bush was jailed on $5 million bond Thursday on two counts of murder and 10 counts of felony wanton endangerment.
The Louisville Courier-Journal spoke with a witness on the scene who said he encountered the shooter on his way out.
Ed Harrell, who is presumably white, told the paper he was waiting in the parking lot when he heard gunshots. This prompted him to grab his revolver and crouch down. He then saw the gunman walk "nonchalantly" with his gun by his side. Harrell asked what was going on, and the gunman replied: "Don't shoot me. I won't shoot you. Whites don't shoot whites."
The local coroner's office identified the victims as Maurice Stallard, 69, and Vicki Lee Jones, 67. Stallard is father of Kellie Watson, the chief racial equity officer for Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer.
The mayor shared his outrage Thursday over what he called an "epidemic of gun violence" that "hit close to home."
"Somehow, a few have become so beholden to politics that they place a higher value on that than on the lives of our fellow Americans," said Fischer, a Democrat running for re-election.
Jeffersontown Police Chief Sam Rogers said in an initial news conference at the scene that "we have no idea" what motivated the shootings.
Years ago in a family court hearing, Bush threatened his ex-wife and punched a deputy sheriff. Then in 2003, Bush was charged with menacing for following a 15-year-old into a movie theater bathroom and putting his hands around her waist.
(Photo: Louisville Metro Department of Corrections)