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Student gun control activist charged with attempted murder of Louisville mayoral candidate
Quintez Brown

‘This is not a hate crime — it is a mental health case,’ his attorney said

Law enforcement charged University of Louisville student Quintez Brown with attempted murder of Democratic mayoral candidate Craig Greenberg on Monday.

Greenberg is a former member of the public university’s Board of Trustees. University spokesperson John Karman told The College Fix on Tuesday via email that Brown is in his senior year.

The college senior “was charged late Monday with attempted murder and four counts of wanton endangerment after Greenberg was shot at in his campaign headquarters that morning,” according to the Courier Journal. “No one was injured in the shooting, but a bullet grazed Greenberg’s sweater and shirt.”

The Louisville police have not identified a motive for the crime.

Brown pleaded not guilty Tuesday to the charges according to the Courier Journal. The judge set his bail at $100,000. His attorney, Rob Eggert, told the local newspaper that Brown has mental health issues. “This is not a hate crime — it is a mental health case.”

Brown briefly went missing in June of 2021, WHAS 11 reported. Eggert, his attorney, said he was found two weeks after his disappearance “on a park bench in New York,” the Courier Journal reported.

Eggert also said in court that Brown had no criminal record other than a speeding ticket, and that “he has a ton of support in the community,” the paper reported.

Brown is a former editorial intern and columnist for the Louisville newspaper, where he previously wrote opinion pieces on poverty, race and violence. In a 2019 piece for the newspaper, Quintez strongly criticized Kentucky legislation that allowed individuals 21 and older to carry a gun without a permit.

“Every time lawmakers vote against gun safety, and thus the lives of our most vulnerable, they show that their hearts can be as cold as the steel of the guns they praise,” Brown wrote.

Brown has been “active with Black Lives Matter Louisville and the University of Louisville’s Youth Violence Prevention Research Center,” WDRB News reported. He demonstrated in June 2020 with Black Lives Matter in downtown Louisville to protest the use of cops in the public schools.

In December 2021, Brown announced he would run for Louisville Metro Council in District 5.

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IMAGE: Louisville Police Department

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Margaret has previously worked as an associate editor of Columbia magazine, an editorial assistant at DNAinfo.com, and an elementary school teacher at a charter school in Phoenix. She holds a B.A. from New York University and lives in New Haven, Connecticut.