Kroger shooting in Kentucky is being investigated as a hate crime

White gunman fatally shot two black grocery patrons, the incident is being investigated as a hate crime, a U.S. official said Friday.

According to U.S. Attorney Russell M.Coleman, federal investigators are trying to find if there were any possible violations of federal law, “which includes potential civil rights violations such as hate crimes.”

The accused shooter, 51-year-old Gregory A.Bush Sr., has been charged over the murder of the man and the woman at a Kroger store Wednesday in Jeffersontown, Louisville, the Washington Post reported.

“The murders are not being taken lightly by the United States government,” Coleman said in a prepared statement.

Furthermore, Bush has a history of mental illness, made racist threats and repeatedly called his ex-wife the N-word, according to court records.

Bush was jailed on $5 million bond Thursday on two counts of murder and 10 counts of felony wanton endangerment.

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