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OffbeatPolice chief: Race was a factor in Kentucky grocery slayings

17:55  29 october  2018
17:55  29 october  2018 Source:   msn.com

One killed in Kentucky supermarket shooting -local media

One killed in Kentucky supermarket shooting -local media At least one person was killed and there were multiple other victims after a shooting at a Kroger Co supermarket near Louisville, Kentucky, local media reported on Wednesday. A reporter for WDRB News said she spoke to a witness of the shooting who said a woman was killed by gunfire at the grocery store. The shooting was reported around 3 p.m. EDT (1900 GMT) at the grocery store in Jeffersontown, about 15 miles (24 km) from downtown Louisville, according to CBS affiliate WLKY-TV. The total number of victims and their conditions were not immediately known.

The Jeffersontown police chief , Sam Rogers, said: “I can’t speculate on motive at this time.” 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 the Louisville mayor, Greg Fischer.

Kentucky before he went to a grocery store and fatally shot two African-Americans, police said. Rogers said police " are aware of that statement and are evaluating any factors that may come into Stallard was the father of Kellie Watson, the chief racial equity officer for Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer.

Police chief: Race was a factor in Kentucky grocery slayings © The Associated Press Gregory Bush is arraigned on two counts of murder and 10 counts of wanton endangerment Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018, in Louisville, Ky. Bush fatally shot two African-American customers at a Kroger grocery store Wednesday and was swiftly arrested as he tried to flee, authorities said Thursday. (Scott Utterback /Courier Journal via AP, Pool)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A police chief has acknowledged that the killings of two black people at a Kroger grocery store were racially motivated, days after the FBI announced that it is investigating the shootings as a potential federal hate crime.

The Courier Journal reports Jeffersontown Police Chief Sam Rogers told the congregation at First Baptist Church on Sunday that racism is "the elephant in the room" of this case.

Civil rights activists in Kentucky are calling for a hate crime prosecution of Gregory Bush, who is being held on state murder charges in last week's shootings of two shoppers in the store outside Louisville. Both victims were black. Bush is white.

Police said Bush tried to break into First Baptist, a predominantly African-American church, shortly before the shooting.

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Information from: Courier Journal, http://www.courier-journal.com

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