10 killed, suspect arrested in “racially motivated” mass shooting in New York supermarket
Mass shooting at Buffalo supermarket kills 10, suspect is on trial. (Photo: AP/PTI)
Buffalo: A teenage gunman wearing military gear and livestreaming with a helmet camera, while livestreaming, opened fire at a Buffalo, New York, supermarket in what officials described as “racially motivated violent extremism”, killing 10 people and three others were injured before surrendering on Saturday.
Police officials said the 18-year-old gunman, who is white, dressed in body armor and military-style clothing, when he opened fire at people at a top friendly market, the shooting was linked to the man’s camera. helmet.
“He got out of his vehicle. He was very heavily armed. He had tactical gear. He had a tactical helmet. He had a camera livestreaming what he was doing,” city police commissioner Joseph Gramaglia later said at a news conference.
Gramaglia said the gunman initially shot four people outside the shop, killing three of them. Inside the store, a security guard, a retired Buffalo police officer, fired several shots at the gunman and hit him, but the bullet hit the gunman’s bulletproof vest and had no effect, Gramaglia said. The commissioner said the gunman then killed the security guard.
According to officials, the video also captured the suspect as he went to the supermarket, where he shot several other victims.
Police said 11 of the victims were black and two were white. The supermarket is in a predominantly Black neighborhood a few kilometers north of downtown Buffalo.
“It’s the worst nightmare any community can face, and we’re hurting and we’re just boiling,” Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown told a news conference. “The depth of pain that families are feeling and what we are all feeling right now cannot be explained.”
Gramagalia said the buffalo police entered the shop and clashed with the gunman in the vestibule.
“At that time the suspect put the gun in his own neck. Buffalo police personnel – two patrol officers – spoke to the suspect to drop the gun. He dropped the gun, took off some of his tactical gear, then surrendered. And he was taken outside, put in a police car,” he said.
Two law enforcement officers told The Associated Press that the suspected gunman was later identified as Peyton Gendron of Conklin, a New York state community about 200 miles (320 kilometers) southeast of Buffalo. Officials were not allowed to speak publicly on the matter and did so on condition of anonymity.
Dressed in a hospital gown, Gendron appeared in court on Saturday evening on charges of first-degree murder and ordered to be taken into custody without bail. Another court hearing is scheduled for next week.
In an earlier news briefing, Erie County Sheriff John Garcia explicitly called the shooting a hate crime.
“It was pure evil. It was a racially motivated hate crime straight out of our community, out of town of good neighbors…. coming into our community and trying to impose that evil on us,” Garcia said.
Elsewhere, NAACP President Derrick Johnson issued a statement in which he called the shooting “absolutely devastating.”
“Our hearts are with the community and all those who have been affected by this terrible tragedy. There is no place for hate and racism in America. We are broken, deeply outraged and praying for the families and loved ones of the victims.”
Separately, the Rev. Al Sharpton called on the White House to convene a meeting with black, Jewish and Asian people to “underline the federal government[is]increasing its efforts against hate crimes”. In a tweet, Sharpton said “the leaders of all these communities must stand together on this!”
The shooting comes a year after the March 2021 attack at King Sopers Grocery in Boulder, Colorado, which killed 10 people. Investigators have not released any information about why they believe the man accused in the attack targeted the supermarket.
At the scene in Buffalo on Saturday afternoon, police cordoned off an entire block surrounded by onlookers, and yellow police tape surrounded the entire parking lot.
Witnesses Bradin Keffert and Shane Hill, both 20, entered the parking lot as the shooters were leaving. He described him as a white male in his late teens or early twenties, showing full camo, a black helmet and a rifle.
“He was standing there with a gun to his chin. We were like what’s up? Why is this kid with a gun in his face?” Keffert said. He fell on his knees. “He tore off his helmet, dropped his gun, and the police overpowered him.”
“We are shocked and deeply saddened by this senseless act of violence and our condolences and prayers are with the victims and their families,” Topps Friendly Markets said in a statement.
At the White House, Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said President Joe Biden was receiving regular updates on the shooting and investigation and prayed with the First Lady for the victims and their loved ones.
“The President was briefed by his Homeland Security Advisor this afternoon about the gruesome shooting in Buffalo, NY. He will continue to receive updates through the evening and tomorrow as further information develops,” she said.
Justice Department spokesman Anthony Cooley said Attorney General Merrick Garland was briefed about the shooting.
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