A white Kentucky man shot dead two black men in a grocery store in October 2018 and pleaded guilty to federal hate crimes and firearms allegations.
Federal prosecutors said Thursday that Louisville, 53-year-old Gregory Bush, has claimed race victims.
The shooting took place before 3 PM. October 24, 2018, at the Kruger Store in Jefferson Township.
Bush said at the hearing that he drove into the store with a Smith and Wesson revolver, according to a press release from the Justice Department. After entering, he follows a black man who shops with his grandson.
Prosecutors said Bush shot 69-year-old Maurice Stallard (Maurice Stallard) in the back of the head and then shot him several times in the torso. According to the press release, Bush had reloaded his weapons and “sneaked out of the store.”
In the parking lot, Bush approached 67-year-old Vicky Lee Jones and shot him several times with his head and body. The black woman Jones died on the spot.
Federal prosecutors said Bush did not know the two victims and decided to shoot them because of their race.
Seconds after Jones died, a black man came up to Bush and asked him what had happened. Bush did not respond and turned to the man with his gun. The man legally owned a gun and shot Bush.
The attorney general said Bush shot the man and then walked away. Authorities previously reported that the man was named Dominic Rozier by local media and that he was not beaten.
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The Justice Department said, “Bush had no previous relationship with the third victim and decided to shoot him because of his race.”
Rozier told NBC partner WAVE in an October 2018 interview that he shot Bush to protect his wife.
He said, “It could be dead,” “it could be dead, and more people could die.”
Prosecutors say a legally armed white man met Bush in the store’s parking lot. According to the press release, Bush asked the man not to shoot him, saying, “Whites don’t shoot eggs.”
“A plea for guilt today will ensure that a violent and troubled person will never have the opportunity to attack and intimidate the black community,” senior assistant prosecutor Pamela S. Karan said in a statement.
“It will not bring back the two main pillars of the Louisville community. We mourn their tragic, meaningless deaths, but we hope it will convey the message that the Department of Justice will work tirelessly to protect the perpetrators of bias,” bring back the law. ”
Jefferson City police previously said Bush attempted to enter the First Baptist Church in Jefferson Town about 15 minutes before the Kruger was shot. Because the door was closed, he could not enter the largely black church.
Authorities said they could not confirm whether Bush was armed when he tried to enter the church.
Bush is facing the highest sentence of life imprisonment without parole. According to the plan, he will be tried in federal court on June 24, 2021.