Quintez Brown accused of shooting

A Louisville activist has been identified as a suspect in the attempted shooting of mayoral candidate Craig Greenberg – a case that has drawn national attention and unproven accusations of radicalism amid a tense racial and political climate.

Quintez Brown, 21, was charged Monday night with attempted murder and four counts of wanton endangerment after Greenberg was shot dead at his campaign headquarters that morning.

No one was hurt in the shooting, but a bullet grazed Greenberg’s sweater and shirt.

Brown, a former intern and columnist for the Courier Journal, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment on Tuesday, where a judge set his bail at $100,000.

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Police did not offer a motive for the shooting, but speculation quickly swirled on social media linking Brown’s arrest to his activism and affiliation with racial justice organizations.

Activist Quintez Brown

People who know Brown say jumping to conclusions without more information is “irresponsible” and they have expressed concern about his mental state.

Brown disappeared for about two weeks last year. He was found on a park bench in New York, said Rob Eggert, his attorney.

“It’s not a hate crime – it’s a mental health case,” Eggert told the Courier Journal on Tuesday.

Greenberg did not comment on Brown’s arrest but said Tuesday he had never met him before. At a press conference on Monday, he called the experience “surreal” and said “more needs to be done to end senseless gun violence” in Louisville.

“Too many local families have suffered the trauma of gun violence,” the Democratic frontrunner said. “Too many people in Louisville haven’t been as blessed as my team and I were today to survive.”

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Craig Greenberg responds to the shot

Greenberg and four members of his team were in a meeting at his campaign office in the Butchertown market building when a man entered the doorway around 10:15 a.m. and began shooting at him, the candidate said on Monday .

Louisville mayoral candidate Craig Greenberg addresses the media, addressing the shooting at his campaign headquarters on Monday morning, saying:

A staff member near the door managed to “bravely” shut it, Greenberg said, and others moved tables in front of the door as the suspect fled.

“I’m very lucky to have a great team of great people who responded in this way,” Greenberg said.

A police report indicates that a man later identified as Brown fired a 9mm Glock handgun into the office.

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Officers found a male matching the suspect’s description less than half a mile away about 10 minutes later, carrying a loaded 9mm magazine in his trouser pocket, according to the arrest report.

He also had a drawstring bag with a handgun, a handgun holster and extra magazines, according to the report.

Surveillance video from the building showed the suspect was wearing clothes that matched Brown’s and was carrying a matching bag, according to the report.

During his eight-minute press conference, Greenberg repeatedly spoke about the gun violence that is rampant in Louisville, leading to a record number of homicides over the past two years.

“It’s the number one issue I’ve been talking about since I started my campaign,” he said on Monday. The incident “just gave me even more resolve…to work with the community to end this senseless gun violence.”

In a Tuesday afternoon interview with host Terry Meiners on 840-WHAS, Greenberg said he plans to see a mental health professional at some point to discuss the impact the shooting had on him. , reiterating that he and his campaign team were “blessed” to survive.

He avoided arguing whether he thought the $100,000 bail was an appropriate number, but noted that he and his team would take extra precautions during the remainder of election season to emphasize security.

Quintez Brown called a ‘brilliant’ student

Brown’s friends and mentors were shaken by his arrest, calling the situation a tragedy that is difficult to explain.

Eggert said Brown is a senior at the University of Louisville, where he is an MLK Scholar and served as an opinion writer for the student newspaper, the Cardinal. He is the founder of From Fields to Arena, a group committed to providing political education and violence prevention training to young people engaged in hip-hop and athletics.

He recently announced that he will be running for the District 5 Metro Council.

U of L professor Ricky Jones called Brown “one of the brightest kids I’ve ever met.”

“He looked like a kid out of his time, who was out of place, like he was actually from a different generation with his level of awareness and concern,” Jones said Tuesday. “I would place him in the top five students I have taught in my 26 years at this school.”

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Jones and others said they hadn’t spoken much with Brown after he disappeared in 2021, and they feared he needed treatment for mental illness.

“I think Quintez needs a lot of help,” said Darryl Young, who knew Brown through the Muhammad Ali Center Council of Students. “… Mental health can be a talking point. I think what we need to realize is that people are struggling, people are suffering, people are being put in situations where they don’t have feels like there’s a way out.”

Rashaad Abdur-Rahman, founder of the Racial Healing Project, has known Brown since he was in high school and said he had trouble making his arrest.

“I’ve seen some very dangerous claims about motives,” he said. “We just don’t know. … Everyone here has a leadership opportunity to really speak up and say we need to chill the rhetoric and respect the fact that we don’t have all the facts.

“There’s too much at stake not to be thoughtful and intentional here.”

Metro councilor Anthony Piagentini said people should be careful not to speculate on motives until police complete their investigation.

However, he repeated comments on social media asking if Brown could have been used as “a pawn”.

“I wonder if those around him were giving him the right advice or not,” Piagentini said.

Khalilah Collins, who met Brown at racial justice protests in 2020, said associations between activism and Brown’s arrest are unwise without more facts.

“It says anyone associated with Black Lives Matter is now a threat,” she said. “It’s just very irresponsible to do this when we have no information on what happened or why it happened.”

How to get help

If you or someone you know is struggling with a mental illness, you can seek treatment referrals through the SAMHSA National Helpline by calling 800-662-4357 or texting 43578 (HELP4U ). You can also get information in English and Spanish by calling 800-487-4889 any time of day or night.

Andrew Wolfson: 502-582-7189; [email protected]; Twitter: @adwolfson. Journalists Bailey Loosemore, Krista Johnson and Lucas Aulbach contributed to this story.

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