5 things we know about the deadly Buffalo shooting

BUFFALO, NY — The city of Buffalo mourns after a devastating fatal shooting in a supermarket Saturday afternoon

Here are five things we know:

  1. The shooting happened around 2:30 p.m. Saturday at a Tops Friendly Markets supermarket on Jefferson Avenue in Buffalo. The supermarket is located in a mostly black neighborhood, a few miles from downtown Buffalo. The area is primarily residential, with a Family Dollar store and a fire station near the store.
  2. In total, 13 people were shot. Ten victims died on the spot and three suffered injuries that are not life-threatening. Four of the victims of the shooting were store employees, including a retired Buffalo police officer who worked as a security guard. The other victims were customers. Eleven of the victims are African American and two are white.
  3. The suspect, a white man, has been arrested at the scene of the shooting. He has been identified as 18-year-old Payton S. Gendron, of Conklin, New York. Officials say Gendron traveled “hours” to carry out the attack. Gendron has been charged with murder and has been remanded in custody without bail.
  4. Gendron was reportedly heavily armed and wearing body armor and tactical gear, including a helmet with a camera that he used to live stream the shooting† In a statement, the streaming platform Twitch said in part: “Twitch has a zero-tolerance policy against violence of any kind and is working quickly to respond to all incidents. The user has been suspended from our service indefinitely and we are taking all appropriate action. including checking accounts that rebroadcast this content.”
  5. The FBI is investigating the shooting as a hate crime and radically motivated violent extremism. At a news conference Saturday night, Governor Kathy Hochul called the suspect “a white supremacist who has committed an act of terrorism and will be prosecuted as such”.

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