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

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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Employees wait outside the entrance of a Kroger grocery following a shooting that left two people dead and a suspect in custody, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, in Jeffersontown, Ky. A man fatally shot another man inside a Kroger grocery store, shot and killed a woman in the parking lot, and then exchanged fire with an armed bystander who intervened before he fled the scene on the outskirts of Louisville, Kentucky, on Wednesday, police said. He was captured shortly afterward. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
Kroger employees hug each other in the aftermath of shooting that left two people dead and a suspect in custody, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, in Jeffersontown, Ky. A man fatally shot another man inside a Kroger grocery store, shot and killed a woman in the parking lot, and then exchanged fire with an armed bystander who intervened before he fled the scene on the outskirts of Louisville, Kentucky, on Wednesday, police said. He was captured shortly afterward. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
A gun lies on the ground inside a police barricade following a shooting at a Kroger grocery that left two people dead and a suspect in custody, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, in Jeffersontown, Ky. A male suspect fatally shot a man and a woman at a Kroger grocery store on the outskirts of Louisville, Kentucky, and then exchanged fire with an armed bystander before fleeing the scene, police said. He was captured shortly afterward. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
Members of the Louisville Metro Police Department talk inside a Kroger grocery in Jeffersontown, Ky., following a shooting that left two people dead, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
A gun lies on the ground next to an evidence marker outside of a Kroger Grocery in Jeffersontown, Ky., Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018,. The shooting left two people dead, and the subject in custody. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
A Kroger employee wipes away tears following a shooting that left two people dead, and the subject in custody, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, in Jeffersontown, Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
Jeffersontown Police Chief Sam Rogers speaks to the media during a press conference, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, in Jeffersontown, Ky. A shooting at a Kroger grocery left two people dead, and the suspect in custody. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
A police officer with the Louisville Metro Police Department interviews customers following a shooting that left two people dead and a suspect in custody at a Kroger grocery, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, in Jeffersontown, Ky. A man fatally shot another man inside a Kroger grocery store, shot and killed a woman in the parking lot, and then exchanged fire with an armed bystander who intervened before he fled the scene on the outskirts of Louisville, Kentucky, on Wednesday, police said. He was captured shortly afterward. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
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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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