A black man accused in a 20-hour, two-state shooting spree that wounded 5 strangers instructed cops he was motivated by race and deliberately focused “military-looking” white males he believed wronged him, police stated.
Justin Tyran Roberts, 39, was arrested Saturday by police in Columbus, Georgia, the place cops say he wounded 4 folks — together with two white males — throughout separate assaults late Friday and Saturday afternoon.
Roberts can be accused of shooting a white man within the again at a resort in Phenix City, Alabama, the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reported.
Detective Brandon Lockhart testified Monday that Roberts instructed police following his arrest that he “had to have” one sufferer who was shot within the again as he acquired right into a automobile underneath the Oglethorpe Bridge in Columbus.
“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 testified, recalling what Roberts allegedly instructed investigators.
Columbus Police Chief Freddie Blackmon stated Saturday that the entire victims have been anticipated to get better. Investigators additionally discovered no proof that Roberts knew any of the shooting victims, the Ledger-Enquirer reported.
Roberts additionally claimed that white males had been “shooting at him in a wooded area with a slingshot,” however police discovered no proof to again up that assertion, Lockhart testified.
Roberts, a convicted felon, was discovered with a Taurus 9mm pistol that had been stolen Thursday when he was arrested, Lockhart stated.
The alleged shooting spree began at some point later on the Courtyard by Marriott resort in Phenix City, the place a person was hospitalized following the apparently random assault, Blackmon stated Saturday.
Roberts suits the outline of the gunman in that assault and he’s anticipated to face extra costs in Alabama, the Ledger-Inquirer reported.
Hours later, two white males and a black feminine have been shot elsewhere in Columbus. Roberts is charged with a number of counts of aggravated assault and gun costs in connection to being a convicted felon in that case, the newspaper reported.
Roberts appeared in courtroom Monday to face costs in one of many shootings and his public defender requested a choose to order that he endure a psychological well being analysis, claiming that Lockhart’s testimony confirmed the person is “having delusions and a disconnect from reality,” based on the report.
The choose agreed and despatched Roberts’ costs of aggravated assault, utilizing a gun to commit against the law and being a convicted felon with a firearm to Muscogee Superior Court.
Roberts, whose lawyer pleaded not responsible on his behalf Monday, was ordered held with out bond after a prosecutor cited the random shootings and his alleged racial motive. He’s anticipated to seem for a preliminary listening to in one of many shootings Tuesday, the Ledger-Inquirer reported.
Blackmon had earlier assured Columbus residents that its downtown enterprise space was protected to go to, WRBL reported.
“We want our citizens to know that there is no need to be in fear or be apprehensive of getting about,” the police chief stated. “We want everyone to continue to get out and know that we take this very seriously. Any incident, shooting incident, any crime that occurs in Columbus, we take it very seriously.”