Among the latest senseless shootings to spark nationwide headlines occurred over the weekend in a spree that spanned two states.
According to reports, a Black suspect is believed to have shot a total of five strangers and subsequently admitted that he was motivated by racial animus.
“White males had taken from him”
Police say 39-year-old Justin Tyran Roberts told detectives shortly after his arrest that he held a grudge against white men and targeted them in the violent crime.
Of course, the emerging narrative does not align with the prevailing progressive argument that white supremacists pose the gravest threat to national security and this case has thus received relatively sparse mainstream news coverage compared to previous shootings.
Reports indicate the shootings occurred in three separate incidents in Columbus, Georgia, and Pheonix City, Alabama. All five of the victims are expected to survive their injuries.
At a preliminary court hearing, detective Brandon Lockhard said that Roberts confessed to seeking revenge against “military-looking” white men for the bullying he had previously received.
“Basically, he explained throughout his life, specifically white males had taken from him and also what he described as military-looking white males had taken from him,” the detective claimed.
“I had to have him”
The suspect reportedly said that white men fired slingshots at him in the woods and left him with wounds that later became infected, but police said they found no such evidence.
As for the shootings, early reports indicate they were totally random. Roberts does not have known personal ties to any of the victims. The suspect is described as a convicted felon who was arrested in Georgia with a 9mm handgun in his possession.
Investigators believe the shooting began Friday night when Roberts walked up to a white man exiting his car outside of a Mariott Hotel in Phenix City and opened fire. Two hours later, he allegedly shot two white men and a Black woman in Columbus.
Roberts’ lawyer claimed that he was “having delusions and a disconnect from reality.” He was ordered to be held without bond after prosecutors said the nature of his crimes made him a public safety risk.