New York City police are deploying additional troops at black places of worship as a precaution after a deadly mass shooting Saturday in Buffalo, New York, over a weekend that saw the nation see gunfire that also drove crowds to Milwaukee and Los Angeles.
In Buffalo, the shooting at the Tops Friends Market grocery store took place when a suspect dressed in military clothing and body armor shot and killed at least 10 people around 2:30 p.m., the Associated Press reported.
There is some evidence that race may have been a motivating factor in that attack, Erie County District Attorney John Flynn said at a news conference. He confirmed that 11 of the 13 people shot were black and said the suspect targeted Buffalo because of its high black population, driving hours from his home in an undisclosed county of New York.
In response to the reports, the NYPD contacted officers in Buffalo.
“We immediately contacted our partners in Buffalo PD upon learning of the attack,” said Sgt. Brendan Ryan, spokesperson for the NYPD, said: news week in an email. “We offered all assistance and began to browse the suspect through our databases to determine if we had any information.” [of] value for Buffalo PD or if there was a nexus in New York City.
“While we are assessing that there is no threat to New York City as a result of this incident, out of an abundance of caution we have shifted counter-terrorism resources and patrols to pay special attention to a number of locations and areas, including major community places of worship. of color.”
The Buffalo suspect, identified as Payton Gendron, 18, by Buffalo City Court chief Craig Hannah, has been charged with first-degree murder, according to CNN. He is due in court at 9:30 a.m. ET on Thursday.
Attorney General Merrick B. Garland released a statement about Saturday night’s mass shooting, calling it a “hate crime.”
“Tonight, the country mourns the victims of a senseless, horrific shooting in Buffalo, New York. The FBI and ATF are working closely with the Buffalo Police Department and federal, state and local law enforcement partners,” Garland said in the statement. “The Justice Department is investigating this case as a hate crime and an act of racially motivated violent extremism. The Justice Department is committed to a thorough and prompt investigation into this shooting and to seek justice for these innocent victims.”
The live streaming platform Twitch confirmed to CNN that the incident was broadcast and federal officials said an alleged manifesto allegedly posted by the suspect is also under review.
In the wake of the Buffalo shooting, Los Angeles police are looking for a suspect who shot someone outside the bustling downtown Grand Central Market during another weekend shootout that saw customers fleeing.
LAPD responded to a report of a shooting near Grand Central Market on South Hill Street at 3:56 p.m. Saturday, according to the Los Angeles Times† The victim was in an unknown condition, police officer Rosario Cervantes told the newspaper.
A male suspect was still at large as police searched the area. Videos shared on social media platforms showed scared customers running away.
An employee told the newspaper that the incident occurred near the entrance to the venue, which its website describes as Los Angeles’ “largest and oldest public market” with 40 stalls that are “home to an all-in -LA mix of legacy vendors.”
In Milwaukee late Friday, fans fled the streets at a Milwaukee Bucks-Boston Celtics game when three people were shot and killed near Fiserv Forum.
A man and two women suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the shooting, police said.
Other shootings in Milwaukee on Friday killed three people in three separate shootings, according to a Fox 6 report in Milwaukee.
news week contacted the Los Angeles Police Department and the Buffalo Police Department for comment.