Gregory Bush, the White man who killed two Black people at a Kroger’s supermarket in 2018, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on Tuesday.
Bush plead guilty “but mentally ill” to the charges of murder, attempted murder and wanton endangerment for the shooting of Maurice Stallard, 69, and Vickie Jones,67, at a Kroger’s store in Jeffersontown, Kentucky.
Just before 3 p.m. on October 24, 2018, Bush walked into the grocery store and shot Maurice Stallard in the back of the head. Bush continued shooting Stallard as he lay on the ground, according to police. Stallard had been shopping for school supplies for his grandson.
Bush then put his gun away and exited the store. Once outside he pulled his gun again and fired multiple times Vicki Jones, killing her in the parking lot. At that time, an armed citizen pulled his gun and shot at Bush. According to police, the two exchanged fire with Bush firing wildly and rapidly.
Bush was arrested nearby a short time later.
Bush still faces federal hate crime charges because prosecutors believe he targeted Stallard and Jones based on their skin color.
Shortly before the fatal shootings at the Kroger’s store, Bush was seen on surveillance video trying to break into a nearby church whose congregation is predominantly Black.
A witness of the shooting told WAVE 3 news that bush said, “Whites don’t kill whites.”
One of Bush’s attorneys released a statement saying that on the day of the murders, Bush’s “schizophrenia was not medicated, so he was tortured by voices that threatened to kill him and his family.
“He acted out of his psychosis and his illness, while at the very same time his elderly parents were downtown seeking a mental inquest warrant to hospitalize him for everyone’s safety.”
The victims’ families filed a lawsuit against Kroger claiming the company allowed customers to carry guns in stores and made no effort to stop Bush from entering the store with a gun.
Kroger has now asked customers to not openly carry guns in stores.