Shooting at Kentucky grocery store raises questions about hate crime

Google Maps Street View(JEFFERSONTOWN, Ky.) -- Two recent shootings in the U.S. -- one in Kentucky, one in Pennsylvania -- are both being investigated as possible hate crimes, authorities said.

The suspect who fatally shot two people at a Kentucky Kroger grocery store on Oct. 24 reportedly tried to get into a black church before the shooting, raising questions about his intentions.

Sam Rogers, the police chief of Jeffersontown, Kentucky, said the suspect, identified by police as Gregory Bush, 51, was spotted outside the First Baptist Church before the shooting at Kroger.

Bush was seen on the church's security footage, according to the police department. The church was closed when Bush had arrived.

The investigation into the shooting is ongoing and the charges against Bush have not yet been announced.

"Our hearts break for the families of the those we lost to the tragedy at the Jeffersontown Kroger. The murders are not being taken lightly by the United States government," Russell Coleman, the U.S. attorney for the Western District of Kentucky, said in a statement.

"Federal investigators are supporting local law enforcement and examining this matter from the perspective of federal criminal law, which includes potential civil rights violations such as hate crimes," Coleman said.

On Saturday Oct. 27, a gunman stormed into a Pittsburgh synagogue, killing 11 people.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who represents Kentucky, referenced the "horrendous shootings" at an event Monday in Shelbyville, Tennessee.

"If this isn't a hate crime, I don't know what the definition of a hate crime is. Obviously they were," McConnell said. "I don't know what's going on in our country."

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Parents brawl during youth baseball game after disagreeing with 13-year-old umpire

Parents brawl during youth baseball game after disagreeing with 13-year-old umpirefstop123/iStock(LAKEWOOD, Colo.) -- A baseball game between a group of 7-year-old kids degenerated into an all-out brawl with parents throwing haymakers, other cowering for cover and a woman even jumping on someone's back.

The reason for the brawl: a parent didn't like the calls being made by a 13-year-old umpire.

The fight began at Westgate Elementary School in Lakewood, Colo., a suburb southwest of Denver, on Saturday at about noon as 15 to 20 adults got into a violent tussle, according to Lakewood police.

The brawl was still ongoing as Lakewood police arrived at the scene.

These adults took over the field and began assaulting each other on 6/15 during a youth baseball game. We're looking for any info, in particular to ID the man in the white shirt/teal shorts. Several people have already been cited in this fight and injuries were reported. pic.twitter.com/ieenhwCrbU

— Lakewood Police (@LakewoodPDCO) June 18, 2019

Police issued four citations for disorderly conduct, but said they are still searching for others involved in the fight.

Police are looking for an adult in a white T-shirt and teal shorts in particular because he can be seen in the video throwing sucker punches at people looking in the other direction. Police said it is unknown if this person is a parent of one of the children in the game.

There were a few minor injuries and one person suffered serious bodily injury, police told ABC News. No details on the injury were available.

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