Indictment: North Carolina Shooter Lakin Faust Targeted Victims Based on Race

| by Emily Smith

North Carolina man Lakin Faust was charged with first-degree murder on Monday after he shot four people near a Walmart in June, apparently choosing his victims because they were white.

His indictment reads: "The offense for which the defendant stands convicted was committed against a victim because of the victim's race, color, religion, nationality, or country of origin."

Faust had more than 100 rounds of ammunition when he began shooting.

His first victim was an insurance adjustor in the parking lot of a law firm, across a five-lane highway from a Greenville Walmart. He crossed the highway after shooting the insurance adjustor and proceeded to shoot three other people.

Three of the four people Faust shot were injured and now suffer from permanent and debilitating injuries.

The details of the injuries were not specified.

The 23-year-old was shot by police and is now at Central Prison in Raleigh.

Investigators say Faust’s home was raided, where they found computer documents with plans to kill a large number of people.

A number of shotgun shells, a gunlock and the receipt for Faust’s shotgun were also found.

Additionally, police found a copy of the Qur’an and several other publications about Islam.

A grand jury indicted Faust on 14 charges, including four counts of attempted first-degree murder.

Sources: WRAL, WNCT