A Louisville, Kentucky, metro council candidate has been charged with attempted murder, accused of opening fire on a mayoral candidate whose shirt was grazed by a bullet in his campaign headquarters, police said.
Quintez Brown, 21, also faces four counts of wanton endangerment, Louisville police spokesman Aaron Ellis said.
Police said Brown appears to have acted alone and the motive is still under investigation.
After a previous incident last year when Brown briefly disappeared, her family said her mental health was among their concerns.
Brown, a social justice activist who is running as an independent for the council, campaigned with a slate of candidates opposed to the projects they say will worsen gentrification in Kentucky’s largest city.
The apparent target of Monday’s shooting, Democrat Craig Greenberg, campaigned on his experience at the center of city revitalization efforts and helped draft legislation favoring developments in Louisville’s predominantly black West Side.
He said he was at his campaign headquarters with four colleagues when a man appeared in the doorway and started shooting several times.
“When we greeted him, he pulled out a gun, aimed directly at me and started shooting,” Mr Greenberg said.
“Despite a bullet that came so close it grazed my sweater and shirt, no one was physically injured.”
A staff member managed to close the door, which they barricaded with tables and desks, and the suspect fled, Greenberg said.
Apprehended shortly after less than half a mile from the scene, Brown was carrying a loaded 9mm magazine in his trouser pocket and had a drawstring bag with a handgun and extra magazines, according to the report. ‘arrest.
“Today is not a day for politics, but I have not lost sight that the violence my staff and I experienced today is far too common in our city. Too many Louisville families have suffered the trauma of gun violence,” Greenberg said Monday.
Brown, a former intern and editorial columnist for the Courier Journal, has been prolific on social media, tweeting and retweeting commentary on social justice issues.
In a recent article, he showed the faces of several young black people killed by gun violence in Louisville, writing, “This is our reality. All these children are gone.
“Gun violence reveals the interconnected nature of our reality. What affects someone directly, affects everyone indirectly. Especially in our conditions of segregation.
Mr. Greenberg has built a large fundraising lead in a crowded race to succeed incumbent Mayor Greg Fischer in the Democratic-leaning city.
A Harvard-trained attorney, Mr. Greenberg helped start Louisville-based 21c Museum Hotels, growing the company to more than 1,100 employees.
The company is credited with helping to revive Main Street in downtown Louisville and other urban neighborhoods across the country.
Brown disappeared for about two weeks last summer. After being found to safety, his parents released a statement asking for patience and privacy while they tend to Quintez’s “physical, mental and spiritual needs,” the Courier Journal reported.