Buffalo shooting: 10 dead, 3 injured in mass shooting in supermarket

BUFFALO, NY — Officials say ten people were killed and three more injured in a shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo on Saturday afternoon.

The suspect, identified as 18-year-old Payton S. Gendron, of Conklin, was taken into custody and brought to trial. He pleaded not guilty to one count of first degree murder. He was sent back without bail. A criminal hearing is scheduled for Thursday morning.

Authorities say Gendron is a white man, and the FBI is investigating the shooting as a hate crime and radically motivated violent extremism.

Police say Gendron traveled “hours” to carry out the attack on the Tops Friendly Market on Jefferson Avenue.

The grocery store is located in a mostly black neighborhood about 3 miles north of downtown Buffalo. The area is primarily residential, with a Family Dollar store and a fire station near the store.

“This was pure evil. It was downright racist hate crimes,” said Erie County Sheriff John Garcia.

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According to police officials, Gendron got out of a vehicle in the supermarket parking lot around 2:30 p.m. Police say he was heavily armed and wearing tactical gear, including a helmet with a camera he used to live stream the shooting. A law enforcement source says Gendron was wearing body armor.

Gendron allegedly shot four people in the parking lot. Three of those victims died on the spot. One was injured but survived.

According to police, the suspect went inside and started shooting at customers.

According to police, a retired Buffalo police officer, who was working as a security guard, exchanged fire with and punched Gendron, but was unable to stop him due to the suspect’s tactical gear. Gendron then allegedly shot and killed the guard.

Police say the suspect made his way through the rest of the store and eventually returned to the front of the supermarket.

Buffalo police then arrested the suspect in the store’s vestibule. Gendron is said to have put a gun to his own neck, but officers persuaded him to drop the gun.

Police say Gendron then removed some of the tactical gear and surrendered.

In total, 13 people were shot. Ten victims were pronounced dead on the spot. Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia says the other three victims suffered injuries that do not appear to be life-threatening.

The three injured victims were taken to Erie County Medical Center in stable condition. At 7:30 p.m., one victim had been discharged.

Four of the victims of the shooting were store employees, including the security guard. The other victims were customers.

Eleven of the victims are African American and two are white.

Tops Friendly Markets released a statement saying, “We are shocked and deeply saddened by this senseless act of violence and our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.”

Twitch, the platform the alleged gunman used to live stream the attack, released the following statement:

“We are devastated to learn of the shooting that took place this afternoon in Buffalo, New York. Our hearts go out to the community affected by this tragedy. Twitch has a zero-tolerance policy against violence of any kind and is swift to address to respond to all incidents. The user has been suspended from our service indefinitely and we are taking all appropriate measures, including monitoring accounts rebroadcasting this content.”

“This is the worst nightmare that can happen to a community,” said Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown. “The deep pain that families feel and that we all feel right now cannot even be explained.”

Government Kathy Hochul traveled to Buffalo on Saturday to help with the response.

“I know the individuals who live here, the beautiful close-knit neighborhood, and to see that sense of security shattered by an individual, a white supremacist who has committed an act of terrorism and will be prosecuted as such, in a cold-hearted, calculated way,” Hochul said. “It strikes our hearts to know that such evil lurks.”

Speaking at the White House, Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said President Joe Biden is receiving regular updates on the shooting and its aftermath.

“The President was notified this afternoon by his Homeland Security adviser of the horrific shooting in Buffalo, NY. He will continue to receive updates throughout the evening and tomorrow as more information becomes available,” she said, adding that the president and were the first lady. pray for the victims and their loved ones.

Attorney General Merrick Garland was briefed on the shooting, Justice Department spokesman Anthony Coley said.

The shooting came just over a year after a March 2021 attack on a King Soopers supermarket in Boulder, Colorado that killed 10 people. Investigators have not released any information as to why they believe the man charged in that attack was the supermarket’s target.

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