The man accused of shooting a 6-year-old North Carolina girl and her parents after a basketball rolled into his yard allegedly said he didn’t “like white people” just before the incident.
Jamie White, the father who was shot on April 18, opened up about the shooting in an interview with the Gaston Gazette on Monday, telling the outlet what transpired.
According to White, his daughter was playing basketball with neighborhood kids when a ball rolled into the yard of Robert Louis Singletary. Singletary, who was convicted of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill or inflict serious injury back in 2016, was allegedly talking with a neighbor and went inside his home to retrieve a revolver.
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“He comes back out the door running, firing at that man and his kids,” White said. “At that point, I took off. My youngin’ was down the road too. My little girl and about 10, 12 other kids were down there. They were all stunned. It was the first time they had ever seen anything like that.”
White told the Gazette that he told Singletary to put the gun down and stop shooting because he might shoot a child.
“I said, ‘Man, that’s crazy.’ And he said, ‘You white? I don’t even like white people. I’m going to shoot your a**,’” White alleged before saying that Singletary then pointed a gun at his daughter before White jumped in front to shield her. Singletary is black, while the White family is white.
“He fires three shots. He hasn’t hit nobody yet. So I turn around and look … My daughter’s right in front of me. I look and see, and he’s pointing straight at my daughter,” said White. “And I just run towards my daughter … and that’s when he got me.”
A bullet punctured one of Mr. White’s lungs and his liver. White’s daughter was nicked in the head by a bullet, and his wife was also grazed by one of the shots. White was released from the hospital several days after being flown to Charlotte for emergency treatment.
Police have not yet commented on whether the shooting could have been racially motivated. The Associated Press omitted Singletary’s alleged comment about not liking white people from its coverage of the incident, drawing some criticism online.
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Singletary was charged with four counts of attempted first-degree murder, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon by Gaston County Police.
Singletary was apprehended by police after being on the run for several days. He also faces assault charges for an incident in December when he allegedly attacked his girlfriend with a mini-sledgehammer.
White told reporters he was displeased that Singletary had been released on bond. “None of this would have happened if the judicial system would have done their job,” he said.