- A white man who police say shot and killed two black customers at a Kroger grocery store outside Louisville, Ky., Wednesday told a bystander who confronted him: "Don't shoot me". When the suspect, 51-year-old Gregory Bush, approached him, Harrell said he asked what was happening and that's when the suspect allegedly made the comment to him before driving off, only to be arrested shortly after.
Rogers says Bush fired multiple rounds at the man inside the store, and shot the female victim multiple times out in the parking lot.
Investigators are still trying to determine a motive but a witness said Bush pointed a gun at a white man who had pulled out a gun and went after Bush.
Then there is the matter of a second-hand report from a local man. Steve Zinniger, who is white, said that his parents were at the location of the attack.
The National Black Church Initiative raised its terrorism alert to its highest level, purple, following the October 24 shooting that claimed the lives of two African American shoppers. She said she would appoint a public defender to represent him in court. The perpetrator then fled the scene, heading into the parking lot where he shot an elderly woman, presumably an innocent bystander.
The grocery store later issued a statement confirming that a suspect had been taken into custody and the scene had been cleared.
Fischer shared his outrage at a news conference Thursday over what he called an "epidemic of gun violence" that "hit close to home".
Stallard's 12-year-old grandson was shopping with him in the store when he was gunned down, Jeffersontown Mayor Bill Dieruf said Thursday.
Police said Stallard was shot in the back of the head inside the store and Jones was killed in the parking lot.
Court records show his parents told police in January 2009 that Bush punched his 78-year-old father in the face and grabbed his 74-year-old mother by the neck "and picked her up off the ground".
Bush repeatedly unplugged the phone so they couldn't call police and fled the home with a handgun. His bail was set at $5 million, according to the newspaper. Police wrote in the report that Bush's parents are "terrified of (his) unpredictable behavior".
An arrest record from May 2009 says Bush became "irate" and shouted obscenities and threats at his ex-wife.
Stallard was the father of the town's chief equity officer, Kellie Watson, according to the Courier-Journal. 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. He was charged with several counts including assault, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.
The new development supports the theory that the shooting may have been a racially motivated hate crime, WAVE 3 News reported. He's recorded driving out of the lot while an officer chases after him on foot. Neither man was hurt in that confrontation, Rogers said.
The store was closed and will not reopen until the investigation is complete, the release said.
Rogers says surveillance video confirmed Bush's presence outside the church and that he "appeared to try to gain access to the church".