Law enforcement officials in the state of Georgia have made a statement that a black suspect informed him that he only targeted white men in multiple shootings that injured five people.
The suspect made the accusations that he targeted only white men in three different shootings due to the “wrongs” that he has suffered by white men throughout his life.
“A 39-year-old man accused of shooting and wounding five people in Alabama and Georgia told police his assaults were racially motivated, and he was targeting white men, a detective testified Monday,” the AP reported. “Police have accused [the suspect] of shooting five people in three separate assaults in Columbus, Georgia and Phenix City, Alabama. All victims are expected to recover, Columbus Police Chief Freddie Blackmon said Sunday. The chief added that police found no evidence that [the suspect] knew any of his victims.”
“Basically, he explained throughout his life, specifically white males had taken from him, and also what he described as ‘military-looking white males’ had taken from him,” Detective Brandon Lockhart testified on Monday.
Law enforcement officials arrested the suspect over the weekend after the three shootings took place over a span of 20 hours.
“Uptown is safe. These recent shooting incidents that occurred in the last 24 hours have been isolated incidents,” Columbus Police Chief Freddie Blackmon said. “We have not received any information that would indicate there was anyone else involved in these shooting incidents other than the person we have in custody.”
The suspect has been charged with multiple felonies including Aggravated Assault, Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Crime, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, and theft by Receiving Stolen Property (firearm).