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A Black Lives Matter (BLM) activist was arrested Monday night by Louisville police in Kentucky on charges of attempted murder and four other charges after firing directly at Democratic mayoral candidate Craig Greenberg.
He is Quintez Brown, a 21-year-old leftist who has worked as a columnist for the local Courier Journal, and has devoted articles to “gun violence” in Kentucky. He has also criticized the National Rifle Association (NRA), the Second Amendment, and Republicans who advocate the free carry of guns.
The police report indicates that Brown entered the building and fired a 9mm Glock pistol at Greenberg before fleeing. Although the candidate was not injured, one of the bullets struck his clothing.
“Multiple shots were fired within the location and from preliminary information it appears Mr. Greenberg was the intended target,” the Louisville Metropolitan Police Department (LMPD) stated. “Responding officers were able to safely evacuate Mr. Greenberg and his staff and no one sustained injuries: however, an article of Mr. Greenberg’s clothing that he was wearing was struck.”
Police located Brown less than a half-mile from Greenberg’s campaign headquarters about 10 minutes later, with a loaded 9mm handgun in his pants pocket, a gun case and ammo, according to the report.
Candidate Greenberg reported hours later that he was safe, cooperating with police.
Greenberg later released a statement thanking the sympathy and declaring himself “shaken, but safe,” explaining that a person closed the door and prevented the bullets from hitting him.
“All of us are blessed to be with you. Despite one bullet coming so close that it grazed my sweater, no one was physically harmed, and we are extraordinarily grateful for our safety,” Greenberg said.
BLM activist behind murder attempt
The Courier Journal reported that Brown, who was a student at the University of Louisville, was involved in the “racial justice protests” in 2020.
According to Andy Ngo, editor of The Post Millennial and a freelance journalist, Brown has been recognized by MSNBC anchor Joey Reid and even met former President Barack Obama after recognition from his foundation.
“Brown is a well-known BLM activist & his Twitter account is filled with far-left & black nationalist content,” the journalist notes on Twitter.
In some Twitter posts, Brown went so far as to praise communists such as “Che” Guevara, Mao Zedong and Frantz Fanon.
Brown recently ran as a candidate to represent District 5 on the Louisville Metro Council. His proposal, according to his Twitter profile: “We have one scientific and correct solution, Pan-Africanism: the total liberation and unification of Africa under scientific socialism.”