A Black man accused of wounding 5 folks throughout three separate shootings in Georgia and Alabama informed police he was targeting White males and the assaults have been racially motivated, based on a latest report.
Justin Tyran Roberts, the accused shooter, informed police that White males had picked on him and wronged him for all his life, Columbus, Ga. Police Det. Brandon Lockhart testified throughout a preliminary listening to on Monday, based on the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer.
“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,” Lockhart reportedly testified.
Lockhart later testified that Roberts mentioned, “I had to have him,” about one of many shooting victims.
Police have accused Roberts of shooting 5 folks in three separate assaults in Columbus, Georgia and Phenix City, Alabama. All victims are anticipated to get well, Columbus Police Chief Freddie Blackmon mentioned Sunday. The chief added that police discovered no proof that Roberts knew any of his victims.
Police mentioned one particular person was damage in a shooting Friday evening at a resort in Phenix City. Less than two hours later Friday, three folks have been shot in Columbus. A fifth particular person was shot Saturday afternoon.
Roberts was finally charged with aggravated assault, possession of a firearm throughout the fee of against the law, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, theft by receiving stolen property, referring to the gun, police mentioned.
Phenix City and Columbus sit on reverse sides on the Alabama-Georgia border.
The 39-year-old appeared in courtroom Monday in Columbus for a preliminary listening to in a kind of incidents the place a person was shot within the again as he was moving into his automobile.
Roberts additionally claimed that such males have been “shooting at him in a wooded area with a slingshot,” and the injuries had contaminated his pores and skin, Lockhart testified. But he mentioned police noticed no accidents to substantiate that.
Public defender Robin King requested a psychological well being analysis for Roberts, saying the person was affected by delusions.
“The officer’s testimony has demonstrated that Mr. Roberts is having delusions and a disconnect from reality,” King informed the choose.
Judge Julius Hunter discovered possible trigger to ship Roberts’ case to Muscogee Superior Court.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.