Gregory Bush, 51, walked into the Kroger at 9080 Taylorsville Road around 2:54 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 24. According to the arrest report, he came upon Maurice Stallard, 69, pulled his gun from his waist and shot him in the back of the head and followed that up with multiple shots as Mr. Stallard fell.
He holstered his gun, left the store and then shot Vickie Jones, 67, in the parking lot.
Both Mr. Stallard and Ms. Jones were pronounced dead at the scene.
Police say an unnamed armed civilian exchanged fire with the shooter, but neither was hit and the gunman left the Kroger only to be apprehended by police up the road.
WDRB’s Valerie Chin talked to an EMT on the scene:
Just talked to a man who is an EMT and was shopping and he saw two people shooting at each other and says an elderly woman was caught in the crossfire . He tried to do CPR on her, but says she died. @WDRBNews pic.twitter.com/H9SNqBVq7I
— Valerie Chinn WDRB (@ValerieChinn) October 24, 2018
Eric Deacon’s account of what happened to Ms. Jones differs from the police record. He says she was caught in the crossfire between the civilian and gunman and told the Courier Journal, “About that time, a lady came around the corner and got hit.”
The New York Times quotes him as saying:
She was right up in the front of the parking lot. I hollered out and I said, ‘Look, I’m an E.M.T. Let me get out here and try to help this woman.’ They ushered me out, and I’m getting ready to start C.P.R. on this lady. And I looked at her and I was like, ‘Fellas, she’s gone. There’s nothing I can do.’
Mr. Stallard is the father of Kellie Watson, Mayor Greg Fischer’s Chief Equity Officer.
His 12-year-old grandson was with him at the Kroger.
Bush has no known connection to either of his victims.
Mayor Greg Fischer tweeted:
I am heartbroken by this shameful and horrifying incident, and I am angry about the tragedy that results from people with guns who have no respect for human life. Over the coming days, we will learn more about what happened. 1/2
— Mayor Greg Fischer (@louisvillemayor) October 24, 2018
Kroger released the following statement:
We are shocked and saddened by the shooting incident that occurred around 2:30 p.m. today. Thanks to the quick response of the local police department, the suspect was apprehended and our store is secure. We are cooperating with law enforcement and assisting with their investigation. Our store is closed and will reopen after the investigation concludes. We are referring all other questions to law enforcement.
Police say it’s too soon to say if the attacks were racially motivated, says The Associated Press. Both of the victims were black.
“I can’t speculate on motive at this time,” said Jeffersontown Police Chief Sam Rogers at a news conference Thursday. “We are pursuing all avenues of the investigation no matter where that takes us or what it involves.”
But there are certainly some things that point it in that direction.
NBC News and Slate report Ed Harrell came into contact with the gunman in the parking lot. Mr. Harrell says he called out to ask what was going on, and the gunman said: “Don’t shoot me. I won’t shoot you. Whites don’t shoot whites.”
Chief Rogers said they “are aware of that statement and are evaluating any factors that may come into play with” it.
And yesterday, police say the gunman attempted to get inside the First Baptist Church of Jeffersontown, says The New York Times and The Washington Post. First Baptist is headed by a black pastor with a predominantly black congregation.
Church administrator Billy Williams said midweek service had just let out.
There were 70 people here at our weekly meeting service just an hour before he came by. I’m just thankful that all of our doors and security was in place.
The New York Times also picked up WDRB’s extensive reporting on the shooter’s long criminal record, including assault, domestic violence, holding his parents captive and threatening his former wife. He also has a history of having some issues with race, according to social media profiles on Facebook and Twitter attributed to him.
He was arraigned on Thursday, with a $5 million bond. He’s charged with two counts of murder and at least 10 counts of wanton endangerment. The preliminary hearing will be on Nov. 5. He’s to have no contact with the victims’ families, no contact with any Kroger store, and no access to firearms.
Godspeed to Mr. Stallard and Ms. Jones and strength and peace to your families in the days ahead.
The family of Ms. Jones has set up a GoFundMe to help get family members to the funeral. As of this writing, they’re about halfway to their goal.
No Soup for You: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was confronted while eating dinner in Louisville this week, says CNN.
While eating at the Havana Rumba in the Highlands with his wife, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, a man confronted him, yelled at him for a second, then threw Sen. McConnell’s leftovers out into the street.
Here’s the TMZ video of the incident:
The other restaurant goers start heckling the heckler there, which is saying something. They weren’t exactly in a part of town that’s going to have much McConnell support, so you know you’re being a bit of a tool if they turn on you. So congratulations on that, I guess. We all want to be the best at something.
Sen. McConnell’s office released a statement with phrases like “left-wing tantrums” and “far-left protesters” and so on and so forth, and everything you’re supposed to say to undercut anyone who disagrees with you. If they had managed to get “left-wing mob” in there, they would have had GOP bingo.
But why recognize the guy as your constituent who feels completely powerless under the weight of your leadership when you can use it to propagate the divide among the people you serve for your own profit? I guess the answer lies in the question itself.
But also, let me just say to the ranter — and I recognize this might just be me here: Dude. You’re not helping. Engage your representative. Absolutely. Use your voice. Protest. Yes. Part of his job is to hear from you, despite whatever partisan whatever people want to peddle.
But when you do this with all the crazy, you’re just getting him votes. And you don’t mess with the food. You just made the least popular man in the Senate — for a few years running at that — look sympathetic. In the Highlands. Nigh impossible.
Inside Joke: Thrillist published a list featuring “The Best Undiscovered Comedian From Every State” this week.
Kentucky’s pick: Louisville’s Mandee McKelvey. Ms. McKelvey came to Louisville from South Carolina 12 years ago for graduate school and convinced her boyfriend to come along. He died of cancer less than a year after the move. Her grief led her to comedy:
I had just spent the last eight months wandering around Louisville without knowing anyone. I was lost, deeply grieving and terrified. I was calmly and matter-of-factly planning out my suicide. When I contemplated if there was anything that I felt was left undone, the only thing that came to mind was stand-up comedy.
Go on stage and if it’s awful and not what you hoped, you’re allowed to die.
Thank goodness for a good set.
She opened for Tig Notaro last year; here’s some of that set for you:
And this past summer, she premiered her one-woman show, “Mandee McKelvey: Herself.” Insider talked to her about that back in July. If you missed it, that’s OK — it’s coming back next weekend at The Bard’s Town.
Steak Out: Jennifer Lawrence news this week centers on her advocacy and activism regarding issues in local races like Memphis, Detroit and Colorado, which we already covered last week.
But that doesn’t mean we don’t have a major scoop to break. Page Six reports Ms. Lawrence and boyfriend Cooke Maroney had dinner this week. At a restaurant.
From Page Six:
We hear they looked “cozy” as Lawrence dined on lobster and Maroney had a “bone-in NY strip.”
Just so I’m clear, you can quote the source on the coziness and the guy ordering the steak, but we’re not going to go on to hard quote on the lobster. “Whatever you do, you do not quote me on that one.”
The election’s coming everybody, and things are only going to get nuttier over the next two weeks. I’d like to be wrong about that, but I’m only consistently right about the things I wish I was wrong about. Take care of each other. Things could get much bumpier.
See you next week.