At a Glance | November 5

Kentucky Man Indicted in Louisville Grocery Store Shooting That Killed Two

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On October 31, a grand jury indicted a Kentucky man accused of killing two black people in a shooting at a Louisville-area grocery store. Gregory Bush (pictured), 51, faces state charges of two counts of murder, one count of criminal attempted murder, and two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment. Federal authorities are still investigating the incident on October 24 to determine whether hate crime charges should be filed. Authorities said Bush shot Maurice Stallard, 69, from behind at the store before shooting 67-year-old Vickie Lee Jones in the parking lot. Bush then exchanged gunfire with an armed citizen, but nobody was struck. According to media reports, Bush at one point stated, “Whites don’t kill whites.” Bush fled but was arrested nearby. Police said that he attempted to break into a predominantly black church about 10 to 15 minutes before the shooting. However, he was unable to enter the facility and moved on to the grocery store. Jeffersontown Police Chief Sam Rogers told a congregation at the church four days later that the shooting was motivated by racism.


Prosecutors Say Suspect Planned Pipe Bomb Mailings Since At Least July

The Florida man accused of sending at least 15 pipe bombs to public figures across the country and a news network will face charges in New York after waiving his right to detention and bond hearings in Miami on November 2. Federal prosecutors out of the Southern District of New York charged Cesar Sayoc, 56, with interstate transport of explosives, mailing of explosives, threats against former presidents, making threatening interstate communications, and assault of current or former officials. He faces up to 48 years in prison if found guilty of those charges. In a letter sent to the judge presiding over the case in Florida on October 30, prosecutors detailed evidence found by the FBI in a search of Sayoc’s electronic devices that showed the attacks had been planned since at least July. Among the findings were files that contained addresses of the intended package recipients and return labels matching those on padded envelopes used to mail the pipe bombs. The letter also mentioned files on Sayoc’s laptop that had addresses for additional targets, and the FBI was in the process of warning those individuals. Authorities arrested Sayoc in the parking lot of a business in South Florida on October 26, four days after the first pipe bomb was found in New York.


Al-Qa’ida Operative Who Recruited Pennsylvania Woman Receives 15-Year Prison Sentence

An al-Qa’ida operative who recruited a Pennsylvania woman known as “Jihad Jane” received 15 years in prison, federal prosecutors announced on October 30. Ali Charaf Damache, 53, who is also known as “theblackflag,” admitted in July to conspiring to provide material support and resources to terrorists. Damache, an Algerian national and citizen of Ireland, conspired with others to coordinate a terrorist cell of men and women from Europe and the United States to conduct violent jihad in and around Europe. One of his recruits was Colleen R. LaRose, a woman from Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, also known as “Jihad Jane.” She is serving a 10-year term in federal prison. Prosecutors said Damache was the driving force behind the cell, and he plotted with LaRose and others to kill a Swedish artist who drew the prophet Muhammad’s head on a dog’s body. The plan never materialized. Damache will be returned to Ireland after his release from prison.


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