Shooting at Buffalo Grocery Kills at Least 10 People in Apparent Hate Crime!
Authorities said the mass shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, was a “racially motivated hate crime,” with at least ten people killed and three more injured.
Police have taken custody of an 18-year-old Caucasian male suspect. According to investigators, the shooter live-streamed the incident on social media.
Around 2:30 p.m., a shooter dressed in military fatigues, body armor, and a tactical helmet opened fire in the parking lot of a Tops supermarket, killing three people.
He went into the business and was challenged by a retired Buffalo police officer who was working security, according to authorities.
According to authorities, the guard fired a shot at the culprit, but it had no impact because of his body armor.
According to authorities, the attacker then shot nine more individuals inside the business. Authorities claimed he threatened to kill himself before dropping his gun and surrendering to police.
Authorities stated that 11 of the 13 fatalities were African Americans and two were Caucasian.
According to officials, four of the gunshot victims were store employees, while the remainder were consumers. According to a law enforcement official, a Buffalo police officer working security was among that slain.
Authorities stated three of the victims had non-life-threatening gunshot wounds.
According to a law enforcement officer, the scene is no longer active and no more suspects are still on the loose.
According to Gov. Kathy Hochul, the rifle was lawfully bought but was modified with illicit magazines.
“The fury I’m experiencing right now has no depth,” she remarked during a press conference on Saturday.
According to Erie County District Attorney John Flynn, the suspect, Payton Gendron of Conklin, New York, was arraigned on one count of first-degree murder and ordered jailed without bail Saturday evening. According to him, his office is also looking into terrorist allegations.
Authorities say the man went from a New York county several hours away to the Buffalo business.
At a press conference on Saturday, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown remarked, “This is the greatest nightmare any town can endure.”
The FBI is looking at the incident as a hate crime and racially motivated violent extremism separately.
Early indications suggest the gunman had radical ideologies fostered online, according to law enforcement authorities.
According to the sources, investigators are looking into several internet comments that may be linked to the gunman, including praise for South Carolina church shooter Dylann Roof and New Zealand mosque shooter Brenton Tarrant.
Sheriff John Garcia of Erie County told reporters, “This was pure wickedness.” “It was a straight-up racially motivated hate crime perpetrated by someone from outside our community…entering our society and attempting to inflict evil on us.”
At this point in the inquiry, Flynn said there are bits of evidence that “suggest some racial hostility,” but he did not disclose further.
Hochul said the inquiry will be assisted by the New York State Police Hate Crimes Task Force.
According to law enforcement authorities and eyewitnesses, the FBI and New York State Police raided a property related to the suspect in Conklin, a hamlet near Binghamton in Broome County, on Saturday evening. During a press conference, Hochul revealed that a residence in Broome County was being searched on Saturday.
Authorities have not revealed which social media site the suspect reportedly used to Livestream the shooting. However, following the attack, Twitch said that a user had been suspended indefinitely due to the shooting in Buffalo.
BREAKING: BPD on scene of a mass shooting at the Tops in the 1200 block of Jefferson Avenue. Police say multiple people have been struck by gunfire. The shooter is in custody. Motorists and residents are urged to avoid the area.
— Buffalo Police Dept (@BPDAlerts) May 14, 2022
Twitch has a zero-tolerance policy for the violence of any type and works quickly to respond to all situations, according to a statement from the company.
“The user has been stopped indefinitely from our service, and we are taking all necessary steps, including monitoring for any accounts that are rebroadcasting this video.”
The stream was taken down within two minutes of the violence beginning, and the business claimed it is monitoring Twitch for any restreams of the footage or related content.
On Saturday afternoon, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz tweeted that he had been “informed of an active multiple shooting occurrence.” “at the grocery store
“A horrific day in our community’s history,” Poloncarz said in a statement. “We, like far too many other communities around the country, have been shaken by the horror of a mass shooting.
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At this awful moment, my sympathies are with the deceased and their families.”
According to his press secretary, President Joe Biden has been briefed on the shooting.
“As further information becomes available, he will continue to receive updates throughout the evening and tomorrow,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said in a statement. “The President and First Lady are praying for those who have died, as well as their families.”
The event was also brought to the attention of Attorney General Merrick Garland.
“This is being investigated by the Justice Department as a hate crime and an act of racially motivated violent extremism.” The Justice Department is dedicated to conducting a comprehensive and timely investigation into this incident and pursuing justice for the victims “the declaration stated.
The tragedy left Tops Friendly Markets “shocked and saddened,” and the company expressed sympathy to the victims and their families in a statement.
“We appreciate local law enforcement’s prompt reaction and are giving all available resources to help authorities in the continuing investigation,” the grocery chain from Amherst, New York, said.
The event “shattered” and “very outraged” the NAACP, according to its president, Derrick Johnson.
“This is a complete disaster. Our thoughts and prayers are with the community and all those who have been affected by this tragic event “Johnson explained. “Hate and bigotry have no place in the United States of America.”