A man who is accused of shooting five people across two states is said to have purposely targeted white victims during the attacks.

Justin Tyran Roberts, 39, was arrested on Saturday on suspicion of wounding five people across Alabama and Georgia during a shooting spree that lasted 20 hours. Two of the shootings took place in Uptown Columbus while the other occurred in the parking lot of a hotel in Phenix City.

During a preliminary hearing at Columbus Recorder's Court on Monday, Columbus Police Detective Brandon Lockhart said that the suspect sought out to harm white men as he said he had been targeted himself.

"Basically, he explained throughout his life, specifically white males had taken from him, and also what he described as 'military-looking white males' had taken from him," Lockhart said, reported The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer.

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