Brockton Superior Court: Witness says Keith Luke was planning on killing “non-whites” all day

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The trial of Keith Luke has entered its second week. Luke is accused of going on a racially-motivated crime spree in January of 2009 that left two people dead and another critically wounded.

After Luke allegedly shot three people of Cape Verdean descent, he turned the gun on police.

One witness testified that he was sitting at a Brockton intersection, on his way to school, when he saw a line of police cruisers chasing a dark-colored van. The male witness said he then saw a police shootout unfold and identified Luke as the driver of the van, “The window was down and that guy right there leaned out, took aim and fired one shot into the police car.”

Luke, who was 22-years-old at the time, was subsequently arrested and taken to the Brockton police station. Christina Williamson was working as an EMT and was called to the station to treat minor injuries Luke suffered during the shootout.

She testified that Luke made several statements including that he was going to shoot “non-whites” all day and was planning on going to a synagogue that night during bingo to take as many lives as he could before killing himself. “He was just making them very matter of factly like he’d be reciting a grocery list or things he wanted for his next birthday,” said Williamson

More witnesses are expected to testify when the trial of Keith Luke resumes Tuesday inside Brockton Superior Court.



Keith Luke (right) listens to testimony while sitting next to his attorney Joseph Krowski Jr. (left)



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With a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies from the University of Massachusetts-Boston under her belt, Trisha McNeilly joins us full-time as a general assignment and breaking news reporter having previously interned for WBZ-1030 AM in Boston. A South Shore resident her whole life, McNeilly grew up in Pembroke and is 22-years old.