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Student Activist Charged in Attempted Shooting of Mayoral Candidate

Quintez Brown, a 21-year-old civil rights activist and student of the University of Louisville, has been charged with attempted murder for allegedly trying to fire shots into Craig Greenberg's campaign office on Monday morning. WDRB reported that he is also “facing four counts of first-degree wanton endangerment.”

Brown allegedly “fired several bullets from a 9mm Glock handgun toward Greenberg at his campaign office on Story Avenue.” According to Louisville Metro Police Chief Erika Shields, Greenberg was not actually hit by a bullet, but one of the rounds hit his clothing.

The suspect’s case has been likened by many to an assassination attempt, which came after Brown started to become exponentially more radical politically, meeting with a representative for a Black nationalist paramilitary group just last week, according to the Daily Beast.

Brown, who has been a well-known Black Lives Matter supporter and even announced he would run for the Metro Council in District 5, was arrested right after the shooting and had a loaded magazine in his pocket, as reported by the Courier Journal.

The suspect has actually published an article in the Courier Journal before his arrest in 2019, titled “Kentucky’s concealed carry law shows your life doesn’t matter to gun-loving Republicans.” In this work he has stated that politicians have “put a price tag on your life and decided that the blood money they receive from the NRA is more valuable.” Brown seems to be well-intentioned and had a promising career as an activist. His attorney, Rob Eggert, has described Brown as “well known in the community”- with no record except for a speeding ticket, according to the New York Post.

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