Survivor claims Kentucky shooter spared his life, told him 'whites don't kill whites'

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A man who survived Wednesday's shooting at a Kentucky supermarket claims the gunman told him he only spared his life because of his race.

Ed Harrell, a Louisville resident, told the Courier-Journal that he was waiting for his wife outside a Kroger in Jeffersontown, Ky., on Wednesday when a man later identified as 51-year-old Gregory Bush walked by him with a gun.

Having already heard gunshots coming from inside the store, Harrell was crouched by the side of his vehicle, clutching his revolver when he shared a brief exchange with Bush.

"Don’t shoot me. I won't shoot you," Harrell claims the shooter told him. "Whites don’t shoot whites."

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Harrell says he then dove behind a car and watched as the shooter got in a vehicle and drove off.

Neither Harrell nor his wife were injured during the attack, which left two people dead.

The victims, both African American, were later identified as Maurice Stallard, a 69-year-old man grocery shopping with his grandson, and Vicki Lee Jones, a 67-year-old woman who recently moved to Jeffersontown because it was "safe."

Police say Bush "pulled a pistol from his waistband and shot (Stallard) in the rear of the head and again multiple times as he lay on the floor," the Courier-Journal reports.

The shooter then re-holstered his weapon and walked out of the store, where he drew his weapon again and shot Jones dead.

Bush was jailed on Thursday and is being held on a $5 million bond. He faces two counts of murder and 10 counts of wanton endangerment.

He has a long criminal history, including a protective order taken out against him by his ex-wife and charges of second- and fourth-degree assault, menacing, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, terroristic threatening and intimidating a witness.

Bush also struggles with mental illness, including paranoid schizophrenia, according to a Facebook page that allegedly belongs to him.

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