Walton Henry Butler, a 59-year-old white male, was arrested after he admitted shooting Everett Gant with a .22 rifle. Butler was charged with attempted murder with a hate crime enhancement.
Gant, an African-American, is in stable condition at Bay Medical Center.
According to the arresting affidavit, an incident occurred earlier in the day when a Pamela Rogers came to Butler’s apartment in the Pine Ridge Apartment complex on Garrison Avenue in Port St. Joe with a child in tow. Butler immediately used a racial slur to refer to the child.
Investigators discovered that Butler had been making similar racial slurs to other children in the complex during recent days.
Rogers became upset and left Butler’s apartment and Gant went to Butler’s apartment to discuss the comments.
Upon arriving at the apartment, Butler shot Gant between the eyes and shut his sliding glass door, leaving Everett to bleed outside the door.
Butler called 911, finished cooking supper, sat down and began eating. Nugent arrived on the scene and contacted Butler by phone, at which time Butler told Nugent to come in, he 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 ni**er.”
Butler was in the Gulf County Jail after first appearance this morning.
This was 2012 people.
It happened this fucking year.
Tell me all about how race doesn’t matter anymore.
Explain to me how electing this country’s first black president solved all our race issues.
Tell me about how the word “nigger” doesn’t mean “black person” anymore.
Explain all this shit to me like I’m a god damn toddler.
Please. I’m waiting…