Kentucky shooting suspect tried to enter black church before killing 2 at supermarket
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A white gunman attempted to enter a predominantly black church in Kentucky this week minutes before he killed two African-Americans at a Kroger supermarket, The New York Times reported.

The alleged shooter, Gregory Bush, was arraigned on two counts of murder and 10 counts of wanton endangerment on Thursday. He is being held on a $5 million bail.

Police are investigating the motive behind Wednesday's deadly shooting at the Jeffersontown supermarket, the Times reported.

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After a photo of the suspect was released following the attack, authorities and church officials at the nearby First Baptist Church said Bush had been captured on surveillance video at the Jeffersontown church appearing to try to gain access.

Billy Williams, an administrator at the church, told The Times that as many as 10 people were inside the building when a church member became alarmed after allegedly seeing Bush aggressively pull on the church’s front doors.

After an unsuccessful attempt, Bush reportedly left the church minutes before heading to the supermarket.

“There were 70 people here at our weekly meeting service just an hour before he came by,” Williams told The Times. “I’m just thankful that all of our doors and security was in place.”

Local media have cited court records showing Bush has a history of mental illness and making racist comments.

A man who was at the scene of the shooting said that moments after Bush killed two African-Americans, he told a white bystander that “whites don’t kill whites,” NBC News reported.

Kroger officials said in a statement to NBC News that they are "shocked" and “saddened” by the incident.