Posted: Thursday, 22 January 2009 12:56PM
Racism called motive in Brockton double murder
Brockton (WBZ Newsroom/AP) -- Racism allegedly was the motive in the gunshot killings of a man and woman and critical wounding of another woman, authorities said, as a 22-year-old Brockton man was arraigned in the case on Thursday.
Keith Luke was charged with murder, attempted murder and rape after Wednesday's shooting rampage -- which prosecutors said followed a statement by the suspect that he was going to try to kill as many non-white people as he could.
Luke was captured after a police chase in which he opened fire at pursuing oficers and they shot back, according to police and the Plymouth County Distrivct Attorney's Office. No one was wounded.
He was arrested after he crashed his van into cars at Court and North Quincy streets, according to Plymouth District Attorney Timothy Cruz. No one was injured in the crash.
Police reported that they received a call for shots fired on Clinton Street around 1 p.m. Wednesday. When they got on scene, they found two women suffering gunshot wounds.
One died and the other was taken to a Boston hospital and was listed in critical condition. Police also found a man dead from gunshot wounds.