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FBI looking into Kentucky Kroger shooting
01:01 - Source: HLN
CNN  — 

A white man who allegedly killed two people at a Kroger grocery store in Kentucky tried to enter a predominantly black church nearby minutes before the fatal shooting, police said.

The suspect, identified as Gregory A. Bush, 51, is in custody, Jeffersontown police Chief Sam Rogers said. There was no known motive, and Rogers said the victims appeared to be shot at random.

Bush is accused of killing Maurice Stallard, 69, inside the store Wednesday and a second victim, Vickie Jones, 67, in the parking lot. He entered the store and fired multiple shots at Stallard, killing him, according to police. The suspect then left and fatally shot Jones in the parking lot, they said.

An unnamed armed citizen in the parking lot exchanged gunfire with the suspect, police said, but neither was struck. The suspect fled the scene and was apprehended nearby, police said.

“We are shocked and saddened by the shooting incident that occurred around 2:30 p.m. today,” Kroger said in a statement. “Thanks to the quick response of the local police department, the suspect was apprehended and our store is now secure.”

Kroger said it was saddened by the shooting, and has closed the store until the investigation concludes. It referred all questions to local law enforcement.

“I’m just sick and heartbroken and quite angry. I feel that way about any act of violence and cruelty,” Fischer said.

Federal law enforcement agencies are aiding in the investigation.

Jeffersontown Mayor Bill Dieruf said the shooting has shattered a community that values its sense of family.

“We are kindred spirits no matter our walk of life or how we worship or what we look like. We take pride in that,” he said.

CNN’s Darran Simon, Carma Hassan, Eric Levenson and Danielle Sills contributed to this report.