On May 26, Wheeler, a 73-year-old Loganville resident, allegedly fired a .22 caliber firearm at his neighbor and the neighbor’s house while shouting racial slurs in an attempt to intimidate or frighten him.
The suburban Atlanta city of Loganville, located in Gwinnett County, has a population that is 56.4 percent white and 32 percent Black, according to the latest census data.
According to information published on the website of the DOJ, a grand jury has charged Wheeler with one count of interfering with housing by presenting a threat with a dangerous weapon and a second count of possessing a firearm in connection with a criminal act of violence. These charges carry significant penalties under federal law.
The FBI Atlanta Field Office has taken up the case and will present evidence to prosecutors for use in federal court.
While federal agencies have intervened in this instance of racially motivated intimidation, many such perpetrators continue to go unchecked. In a similar incident in a neighboring town, a white man verbally harassed a Black motorist in a racist tirade. Despite being filmed, justice has yet to be served in that case.