UPDATED: Victim of ‘hate crime’ shooting dies

Published: Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at 09:48 AM.

According to the original arresting affidavit from Nugent, an incident occurred during the afternoon of July 30 when a woman came to Butler’s apartment in the Pine Ridge Apartment complex on Garrison Avenue with a child along.

Butler, a white male, immediately used a racial slur to refer to the child.

Investigators discovered Butler had been making similar racial slurs to other children in the complex in the days leading up to the incident.

The woman became upset and left Butler’s apartment. Gant, an African-American, went to Butler’s apartment to discuss the ongoing racial comments.

Upon arriving at the apartment, Butler shot Gant between the eyes with a .22 rifle and shut his door, leaving Gant to bleed outside.

Butler called 911, finished cooking supper, sat down and began eating, the affidavit details. Nugent arrived on the scene and contacted Butler by phone, at which time Butler told Nugent to come in, that Butler was eating dinner and had put up the gun.

Nugent said Butler acted as if “inconvenienced” when put under arrest, saying he could not understand the problem as “he had only shot a (racial slur).”

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