Hitler Speech Found In Home Of Louisiana Man Who Fatally Shot Two Black Men
A Louisiana man has been charged in the fatal shooting of two unarmed black men.
In a report for NBC News, 23-year-old Kenneth James Gleason has been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting deaths last week of a homeless man and a dishwasher who was walking to work. As NBC reports:
Gleason fired from his car then walked up to the victims as they were lying on the ground and fired again multiple times, police said. Neither victim had any prior relationship with Gleason.
The first fatal shooting occurred Sept. 12 when 59-year-old Bruce Cofield, who was homeless, was shot to death. The second happened last Thursday night when 49-year-old Donald Smart was gunned down while walking to his job as a dishwasher at a cafe popular with Louisiana State University students.
Gleason also shot into the home of a black family in his neighborhood multiple times but no one was injured.
“It appears to be cold, calculated, planned (against) people who were unarmed and defenseless,” East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore said. “We don’t need to prove motive. There are a lot of things that are unanswered.”
Authorities are looking whether race was a motive for the shootings. Although it is unknown if Gleason knew the family he shot it, he did have any prior relationship with either Cofield or Smart. During a search of Gleason’s home authorities found a copy of an Adolf Hitler speech as well as nine grams of marijuana and vials of human growth hormone.