They could be facing hate-crime charges.
A hate crime investigation is possible, said the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Jeffersontown Police Chief Sam Rogers released information that Gregory Alan Bush tried unsuccessfully to enter a predominantly Black church 15 minutes before the Kroger shooting in Louisville, Ky.
The victims, who are both Black, have been identified.
Jeffersontown police have released the names of both victims in Wednesday's shooting: Maurice E. Stallard, 69, and Vicki Lee Jones, 67 were identified by the coroner's office.
Stallard was the father of Louisville's Chief Racial Equity Officer, and Jones was a woman on her way from her home, just blocks away, to pick up some groceries.
Gregory Bush, the shooter in custody, has a criminal past, as well as one wrought with mental illness and racial hostility.
His ex-wife, who filed for protection against Bush, was reportedly called a "ni**er bit**" by him, according to court records.
Bush's social media pages say that he once was married to a Black woman, and had a Black son. He once posted: "All lives matter, not just Black lives."
In addition, posts were found criticizing Colin Kaepernick and other NFL players for kneeling protests, and the media for allegedly not covering a mass shooting committed by a Sudanese immigrant. Bush also shared a petition urging the governor to prevent confederate statues from being removed.
Bush has been charged with assault numerous times, and also with menacing a 15-year-old girl in a movie theater bathroom and said, he "thought we were family."
He posted about his diagnosis and how it had impacted his life as well saying, " [ I ] worked most of my life and battled mental illness throughout my life…I'm lucky I made it this far with all the trouble I've caused myself when I get off my medicine."
His wife wrote that in 2003 Bush had been diagnosed "paranoid and was put on medication," according to court records. "He stopped taking his medication."
Details about his history include court-ordered mental health treatment, being reported as a "suicide risk" by police, and being ordered to not own any weapons.
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said of the shooting: "Our city and our future have no room for anyone who looks at their fellow human beings with hate or discrimination."
He also took the opportunity to call on state and federal officials to address the gun violence "epidemic" in this country and the need for improved mental health care.
"The hard fact is that most violent crimes are committed with guns, and guns fall under the jurisdiction of the state and federal governments," Fischer said.
"Every time someone takes a gun and creates a tragedy, what's the response?" asked Fischer. "From too many of our leaders, the ones who have the power to make our country safer, our city safer, our schools and churches and groceries safer, they act as if nothing can be done. That doesn't sound like the United States of America to me — the most powerful, most resourceful country in the world. Why do we pretend that we're helpless?"
Of the loss of his colleague's father: "This one is especially painful because, as has been reported, one of the victims was the father of a member of my team," Fischer said.
A Kroger employee has started a fundraiser to help both families. Jones' family started a GoFundMe page to help long-distance relatives travel to Louisville for her funeral. Her brother just died two weeks ago.
The shooter, confronted by another white man in the parking lot, said, "Whites don't shoot whites."
Gregory Bush, a 51-year-old white man, shot two Black people dead at a Louisville, Ky., Kroger store on Wednesday. One man was shot in the back of the head, and then multiple times as he lay on the floor in the store, and a woman was shot in the parking lot.
Maurice Stallard, the father of Kellie Watson, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer's chief racial equity officer, was shopping for poster boards with his 12-year-old grandson when he was executed.
"I truly wanted to make a difference and never intended to put anyone in danger," Albury said.
Former FBI Agent, Terry James Albury, 39, pleaded guilty in April to one count each of unauthorized disclosure of national defense information and unauthorized retention of national defense information.
Powerful white men covering their tracks.
Former gymnastics president Steve Penny was arrested Wednesday for covering up evidence about misconduct concerning Larry Nassar at a Texas training center.
He was indicted for ordering the destruction of or hiding of documents pertaining to Nassar's sexual assault of young female gymnasts, including Simone Biles. The documents are still missing after being delivered to him in Indiana.
Judge shuts down requests for more leniency in sentencing: "It would have sent the wrong message to the minority community."
Biscayne Park Police Chief Raimundo Atesiano claimed a perfect rate of solving burglaries, by charging his subordinates with stopping people of color at the "badlands"— the border of the predominantly white suburban city.
Officers Charlie Dayoub, Raul Fernandez, and Guillermo Ravelo complied with their chief's request, and paid the price. FBI investigations uncovered it, and all officers plead guilty. Dayoub and Fernandez thought that by cooperating, they would get leniency.
But U.S. District Judge K. Michael Moore sentenced them to the maximum: one year in prison for the false arrests.
"I would like to back up these points with explicit statements from the FBI documents — explicit statements that should be available for the American people to see. But the Republicans have locked the documents behind closed doors."
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) had a chance to review a new FBI report into allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Warren said Thursday on the Senate floor that the investigation is incomplete, constrained by the White House and that Kavanaugh lied.
They came to Charlottesville prepared "with their hands taped ready to do street battle, committed multiple acts of violence including punching, kicking, head-butting and pushing numerous people."
white nationalists from California who flew cross country to Charlottesville, after having trained MMA style to commit violence and succeeded, now face up to 10 years in prison, if convicted.
Benjamin Daley, 25, and Thomas Gillen, 34, both of Redondo Beach; Michael Miselis, 29, of Lawndale; and Cole White, 24, of Clayton, members of the Rise Above Movement (RAM), assaulted a Black man, two women, and a minister, during the Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville in 2017.
"Daley, Miselis, Gillen and White, while on their way to the Unite the Right rally in Emancipation Park, and with their hands taped ready to do street battle, committed multiple acts of violence including punching, kicking, head-butting and pushing numerous people," said the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia Thomas T. Cullen.
They, reportedly, were chanting "Blood and soil!" and "White lives matter!"
1/ NEW: Federal authorities in VA announced today that 4 men have been arrested in connection with the violence at Unite the Right in Charlottesville in Aug. 2017. We've reported on 3 of those men before. We first identified Tom Gillen & Ben Daley in this video last October. pic.twitter.com/vg78HdOE7g
— ProPublica (@ProPublica) October 2, 2018
"Rise Above Movement is essentially a white supremacist organization that operates like an alt-right fight club," Joanna Mendelson, a senior investigative researcher with the Anti-Defamation League's Center on Extremism, said. "They romanticize themselves as these foot soldiers to fend off against the elements that threaten their white existence."
They have about 50 members and meet regularly in public parks to train in boxing and street fighting techniques. According to the Southern Law Poverty Center, recruitment targets men who find the idea of real world fight club appealing, and includes promotional videos of their workouts.
A group leader, Daley, who recruits and promotes hate on Gab.ai (Twitter and Instagram accounts were suspended) and owns a tree-trimming business (according to Heavy.com) , has a prior criminal record that includes carrying a concealed weapon for which he was sentenced to seven days in jail. Miselis, an aerospace engineer, was arrested in his home, which was adorned with a wall hanging with the numeric code for Heil Hitler, "88", along with ammunition for assault-style weapons, smoke bombs and flairs.
White and Miselis have both lost their jobs due to their involvement in Charlottesville.
An "incredible volume of digital evidence" helped federal prosecutors identify and charge the four men, Cullen said. He said they weren't finished investigating either and that there could be more arrests.
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"Their actions were not only reprehensible but in violation of federal law," FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge Thomas Chadwick said.
During the Charlottesville rally, Heather Hayer was killed by James Alex Fields Jr. (since charged with hate crimes and murder) and several Unite the Right protestors beat counter protestor DeAndre Harris.
Jacob Scoot Goodwin of Arkansas and Alex Michael Ramos of Georgia were sentenced to eight and six years, respectively, in prison, while Daniel Patrick Gordon of Ohio has yet to be sentenced, but found guilty of beating Harris.
Richard Wilson Preston was sentenced to four years in prison for firing his gun during the rally, as he was near a school.
"You're talking about history … I'd hate to have someone ask me what I did 35 years ago," said Senator Charles Grassley. Maybe somebody should.
Senators Orrin Hatch and Charles Grassley, both now in their mid 80s, were there for the Clarence Thomas hearings, and they bullied Anita Hill. Forty-one Republicans and 11 Democrats voted to give Clarence Thomas a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court. Now, they're bullying Christine Blasey Ford.
Lawyer said of her client: "She believes, that but for his inebriation and his inability to take her clothes off, he would have raped her."
Christine Blasey Ford will relive trauma from more than 30 years ago as her alleged attacker, Brett Kavanaugh, sits through confirmation hearings, which could place him in a seat of power over law for a generation.
"I have not been doing anything illegal for them to have surveillance on me. I have not hurt anyone or threatened anyone," said Rakem Balogun. Meanwhile, White Identity Extremists go unchecked as killing and mayhem stack up.
Rakem Balogun was arrested in December 2017 outside of his apartment in Dallas, Texas. He recalled being awoken in the middle of the night and taken outside by FBI agents while in his underwear.