Several people murdered at grocery store shooting in Kentucky
On Wednesday afternoon, Louisville, Kentucky, Kroger customers were left traumatized when a shooter murdered two people. The gunman walked into the store and targeted a grandfather.
Then the shooter went outside into the parking lot of the establishment and shot a woman standing by her car. The man left the scene afterward.
At around 3 p.m. on Wednesday, a gunman entered the Jeffersontown Kroger store in the 9000 block of Taylorsville Road, near Hurstbourne Parkway and shot people. His first victim was another man whom he shot in the back of the head.
The victim was shopping with his grandson at the time. As the man lay on the ground, the gunman shot him again several times and put his gun away.
For more on this story go to our Twitter account @amomama_usa. The shooter then went back into the parking lot and took his gun out and shot a woman several times as well.
The gunman had exchanged gunfire with a citizen before getting away. The police were able to find the shooter and arrested him minutes later in a nearby bank parking lot.
On Thursday, the gunman was identified as Gregory Alan Bush, 51. The police booked him into Metro Corrections and he was charged with two counts of murder and at least 10 counts of wanton endangerment.
Jeffersontown Police Chief Sam Rogers had this to say about the incident:
"At this point, with the early stages of the investigation, it does appear that she was a random victim in the parking lot."
The man shot inside also appeared to be a random victim and both he and the woman died on the scene. A witness named Eric Deacon was inside the store in the checkout line when the shootings occurred.
Deacon tried to assist once the police had the suspect. He recalled:
"Once they got the gentleman on the ground, I hollered at them and said, 'Look, I'm an EMT. Let me get out here and try to help this woman.' So that’s when I went, ran over, I get down. I’m getting ready to start CPR on her, and when I looked at her, I knew she was gone. There was nothing I could do."
In a statement a spokeswoman for Kroger said:
“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.”
US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released the following statement on Wednesday:
“My staff and I are closely monitoring the situation at the Kroger in Jeffersontown. As we continue to learn more about the events that took place, Elaine and I ask the entire Louisville community to join us in praying for the victims and their families. We would like to thank the brave men and women of law enforcement who responded with professionalism and secured the scene.”
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer also released a statement saying:
"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 today. For now, I grieve with the families of the victims. I ask everyone in our community to keep them in your prayers and commit to taking action against senseless gun violence."
Currently, no motive has been identified.
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