Published: Sat, October 27, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Multiple people shot inside Kentucky grocery store

Multiple people shot inside Kentucky grocery store

A gunman walked into a Kentucky supermarket on Wednesday and shot a man dead then left the store and killed a woman in the parking lot, the police said.

Gregory Alan Bush, a 51-year-old white male, allegedly walked into a Kroger in Jeffersontown, Kentucky, on Wednesday afternoon and fatally shot 69-year-old Maurice Stallard, then walked outside and shot 67-year-old Vicki Lee Jones in the parking lot.

The FBI announced that it "is evaluating the evidence to determine if there were any violations of federal law".

Kroger said it was saddened by the shooting, and has closed the store until the investigation concludes.

Both victims died at the store, said Jeffersontown Police Chief Sam Rogers. The citation said Bush and the man, who had a concealed carry license, were "firing wildly.throughout the parking lot". One witness told WAVE 3 News that the shooter at one point said "white don't kill whites".

But Rogers says it's too soon to say whether the shooting was racially motivated.

One person is in custody following the incident, according to the Jeffersontown police dispatcher.

Police said Bush attempted to enter a historically black church minutes before arriving at the grocery store. He saw Bush walking through the parking lot with a gun and called out to ask what was going on. I won't shoot you.

The "about" section of the Facebook page states that "I have worked most of my life and battled mental illness throughout my life".

"[My father] didn't realize it was [the shooter] till he had already seen the gun by his side", said the son, who was at the scene of the shooting, according to a local Fox affiliate.

"I looked at her and she was, she was gone", he said. They divorced in 2000.

Stallard was at the store with his 12-year-old grandson buying a poster board for the boy's school project when he got shot. The boy was physically unharmed, but most certainly traumatized, the mayor said, adding, "He was there and can not unsee what he has seen".

Fischer said Stallard was the father of his staff member Kellie Watson, the city's chief equity officer who leads efforts to improve racial equity in government policies and practices.

The mayor shared his outrage Thursday over what he called an "epidemic of gun violence" that "hit close to home".

"We recognize that the alleged perpetrator may have had a mental inquest warrant filed previously, however his FB posts, his comments, and his visit to First Baptist Jeffersontown lead us to express our concern".

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