Neighbor, 74, Shoots Seven in Suspected Racially Motivated Attack Before Killing Himself

Neighbor, 74, Shoots Seven in Suspected Racially Motivated Attack Before Killing Himself
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A trag­ic shoot­ing inci­dent in Crete, Nebras­ka has left sev­en peo­ple, includ­ing four chil­dren, injured in what appears to be a racial­ly moti­vat­ed attack. The gun­fire came from 74-year-old res­i­dent Bil­ly Booth, who opened fire on a His­pan­ic fam­i­ly before tak­ing his own life.

The inci­dent occurred just before 4 pm local time on June 30, 2024, prompt­ing a large police response. Four of the vic­tims were chil­dren rang­ing from 3 to 10 years old, while the oth­er three were adults. All are believed to be His­pan­ic, and some have already been released from the hos­pi­tal with non-life-threat­en­ing injuries.

Accord­ing to author­i­ties, Booth had pre­vi­ous­ly told the res­i­dents of the tar­get­ed home to “go back to where you came from” and “speak Eng­lish” just a month pri­or, sug­gest­ing a pos­si­ble racial bias behind the attack. 

When offi­cers arrived, they found a range of vic­tims suf­fer­ing from gun­shot wounds out­side the res­i­dence, as well as the sus­pect inside his own home. A SWAT team was deployed to appre­hend Booth, but they ulti­mate­ly dis­cov­ered him deceased from an appar­ent self-inflict­ed gun­shot wound.

“There could be, we don’t know,” said Nebras­ka Crete Police Chief Gary Young when asked if the shoot­ing was racial­ly moti­vat­ed. “Cer­tain­ly the con­text of ‘Go home’ and ‘Speak Eng­lish’ lends itself to that.”

The inves­ti­ga­tion into the inci­dent remains ongo­ing, and offi­cials are urg­ing any­one with infor­ma­tion to come for­ward. The shoot­ing has left the com­mu­ni­ty shak­en and author­i­ties are work­ing to deter­mine the full extent of the sus­pec­t’s motives and actions.

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