Indictments: Black man shot four whites because of race

Indictments: Black man shot four whites because of race

Lakim FaustSeveral indictments handed down against Lakim Faust said he shot four people near a Wal-Mart in Greenville, N.C., because they were white, CBS Charlotte reported Wednesday.

Faust had over 100 rounds of ammunition and a pistol-grip shotgun when he began his shooting spree in June, authorities said.

While the documents didn’t say why Faust — a black man — wanted to shoot white people, they clearly said the shootings were motivated by race, alleging he selected his targets because they were white.

Earlier reports, CBS said, indicated Faust was shooting indiscriminately.

According to police, his first victim was an insurance adjuster in the parking lot of the Kellum Law Firm. After crossing a five-lane highway, he shot three more people in a Wal-Mart parking lot.

Three of the shooting victims suffered permanent and debilitating injuries, the indictments said, without disclosing details.

The 23-year-old Faust was shot by police after he opened fire, and is now in jail, having recovered from his injuries.

Computers and documents seized from Faust’s home indicate he planned the attack and intended to shoot a number of people. Authorities also seized a Quran and other Muslim books.

According to WCTI, Faust is currently being held at Central Prison in Raleigh under a $6 million bond on 14 charges, including four counts of attempted first-degree murder.

This is not Faust’s first run-in with the law. Local records say Faust was charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder and two counts of attempted second degree murder in 2004. At the time, he was only 14 years old.

In June, the Associated Press reported that a North Carolina Sheriff’s department rejected Lakim’s gun permit application. Nevertheless, authorities say they found a receipt for a shotgun bought from a local pawn shop.

Norman Kellum, owner of the Kellum Law Firm, said his company has established a fund to help the victims.

“These victims and their families are facing astronomical medical and rehabilitation costs. The Kellum Law Firm is establishing a victims’ relief fund that we are naming ‘Greenville Strong,'” he said. Kellum added that his company has donated $5,000 to the fund.

Those who wish can either donate online at carolinaeastfoundation.com or through checks made payable to the Greenville Strong Fund at the CarolinaEast Foundation, P.O. Box 1576, New Bern, N.C. 28563.

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