Wendell Butler, arrested for attempted murder with a hate crime enhancement, said he had “only shot a n—ger,” according to Gulf County Sheriff Joe Nugent who said Butler, 59, “acted like it was…not like a big deal.”
All Everett Gant wanted to do was convince his White neighbor to stop using racial slurs to describe Black children living in their Port St. Joe, Fla. apartment complex. But, witnesses said, his request to Butler drew a gunshot in the face.
He told sheriff’s deputies that he shot Gant, 32, closed his apartment door, called 911 and went back to cooking dinner July 30.
Now, Butler is being held without bond on the attempted murder and hate crime charge. Gant remains in serious condition at Bay Medical Center in Panama City, Fla.
Gulf County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Butler just after 9 p.m. on July 30 at the Pine Ridge Apartments off Garrison Avenue in Port St. Joe, Fla.
The sheriff, speaking to local television channel WJHG, said when he arrived, Butler acted like the arrest was an inconvenience.
“He was brought to the investigation unit where he was interviewed and basically admitted to shooting the victim and said he shot a, used a racial slur, and said that is what he shot and acted like it was not like a big deal or anything to him,” said Nugent in a video posted on WJHG’s website.
Authorities are still investigating the shooting.
Gant underwent surgery Aug. 1 for the gunshot wound and is expected to recover.