Walton Henry Butler (pictured), a 59-year-old White man from Port St. Joe, Fla., has been charged with the attempted murder of a Black man after shooting him in the face during an altercation, WJHG-TV reports. Butler has also been charged with a hate crime in connection to the shooting.
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The incident took place on Monday night at the Pine Ridge Apartments in Port St. Joe. Cops say that Bulter used racial slurs towards children in the complex and the victim, 32-year-old Everett Gant, knocked on his door to talk to him about it. Butler reportedly opened the door and shot Gant in the face with a 22. caliber shotgun. After the shooting, he allegedly closed the door, called 911 and finished cooking dinner.
According to WMBB-TV, Butler made a 911 call claiming the shooting was in self-defense:
“This man came in and threatened to kill me and I just shot him. I need ya’ll to come and pick him up…. He’s moving out there, he’s on my back patio.”
Fortunately, Gant survived the shooting and is listed in “guarded condition.”