An 18-year-old male suspect is in custody after a mass shooting Saturday at a Tops supermarket in Buffalo, New York, in which a gunman shot at least 13 people, killing 10 of them, in what police described as a “racially motivated hate crime.” designated. ”
According to officials, the suspect was wearing “tactical gear” and livestreamed the shooting. He reportedly released a manifesto online, according to the Associated Press, citing investigators who warned the investigation was in a preliminary state.
The suspect arrived at the grocery store after 2:30 p.m. ET and shot four people in the parking lot, killing three before entering the store and firing multiple shots.
Erie County Sheriff John Garcia called the shooting “purely evil” and a “plain racially motivated hate crime by someone outside of our community.”
“This is the worst nightmare any community can face,” Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said during a news conference Saturday night. “We hurt and we seethe.”
Among the victims, 11 of the 13 victims of the shooting are black, officials said Saturday.
In addition to the 10 people killed, three received non-life-threatening injuries.
The suspected shooter was not from Buffalo, but “traveled hours” from another county in the state to “commit this crime against the people of Buffalo,” according to the mayor.
One of the victims, a retired Buffalo police officer who worked as a security guard at the store, shot the suspect but was unable to stop him because the alleged shooter was wearing body armor.
Two officers later persuaded the suspect to drop his guns and surrender.
A Tops Markets employee, who identified himself as Will G, said The Buffalo News that he was hiding with a group of people in a walk-in cooler at the supermarket when shots rang out in the store.
“I just heard gunshots. Shots and shots and shots,” he told the outlet. “It sounded like things were falling over. … I hid myself. I just hid. I didn’t want to leave this room.”
Located at the intersection of Jefferson Avenue and Riley Street in Buffalo – New York’s second largest city – the market is located in a predominantly black neighborhood about three miles north of downtown.
A statement from Tops Market said the company was “shocked and deeply saddened by this senseless act of violence and our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.”
US Attorney Merrick Garland was notified of the shooting, according to a Justice Department spokesman.
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said she was “closely monitoring” the incident and advised residents to avoid the area.
A statement from the Erie County Sheriff’s Office offers “condolences to the family and friends” of the victims. New York Attorney General Letitia James said, “The whole of New York is on the side of Buffalo after this tragic mass shooting.”
US Rep. Brian Higgins, who represents Buffalo in Congress, said he was “appalled” by reports and has offered state assistance to local authorities if needed.
Local police, as well as the New York State Police and the FBI, are investigating the shooting.
According to official information, the suspected shooter faces life imprisonment for murder.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/crime/buffalo-ny-mass-shooting-latest-b2079245.html Buffalo mass shooting: suspect, 18, arrested as 10 dead in ‘racially motivated’ supermarket attack