New York City is on high alert following the racially motivated shooting in Buffalo, in which the NYPD reportedly sent officers to black places of worship across the city Saturday night as a precaution.
“Nypd is deploying additional units in the city as a precaution, including places of worship/black churches,” WNBC reporter Jonathan Dienst tweeted Saturday.
He shared the plan about six hours after a suspected white supremacist shot and injured ten people at a Tops supermarket, sending shockwaves across the country.
Police say 11 of those shots were black, with black former cop Aaron Salter Jr. the first of the victims to be named.
New York City is on high alert following the racially motivated shooting in Buffalo, in which the NYPD reportedly sent officers to black places of worship across the city Saturday night as a precaution. The photo shows agents at the Tops supermarket where the shooting took place
The gunman, 18-year-old Payton Gendron, was arrested shortly after the killing.
He was charged Saturday night on a single charge of first degree murder, with more charges likely.
Police say the teen drove more than three hours from his hometown of Conklin to Buffalo to participate in the shooting, which he livestreamed on Twitch.
The video of the attack was quickly removed from the livestream site, within just two minutes of its posting.
Police described Saturday’s incident – in which Gendron, equipped with two assault rifles, donned military clothing and stormed the supermarket – as a “heavily armed” attack.
“He got out of his vehicle. He was very heavily armed. He had tactical gear. He was wearing a tactical helmet. He had a camera where he was live-streaming what he was doing,” Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia said at a news conference.
Payton Hendron was arrested Saturday after killing 10 people at a Tops Market supermarket in Buffalo, Upstate New York. Police say the massacre was motivated by the 18-year-old’s hatred of black people. Eleven of those shots were African American
Gendron shot four people outside the store, three of whom died, the commissioner said. He then went to the grocery store where he exchanged gunshots with a guard – a former Buffalo police officer. The ex-cop fired several times at the gunman, officers said, but the bullets hit the gunman’s arm, leaving him unaffected.
Gendron then killed the guard, identified as Aaron Salter Jr.
Six more victims are said to have been shot inside.
Police said Gendron scribbled the n-word on his rifle before committing the murders. The teen pleaded not guilty to one count of first degree murder as a result of Saturday’s massacre. It is not yet clear which of the murders the charges relate to. He will likely face more charges in the coming hours.
Gendron, who was barefoot, masked and wearing a paper smock in court on Saturday, lived in the small town of Conklin prior to the murder with his father Paul and mother Pamela, who are both engineers for the New York transit division.
Payton Gendron, 18, has been named as the gunman who killed 10 people on Saturday in a massacre at a New York state supermarket.
Buffalo gunman Payton Gendron was pictured Saturday night during his arraignment after being charged with a single count of first degree murder. More costs will almost certainly follow
Gendron donned a paper outfit and mask for the hearing, and was barefoot. He spoke only to confirm that he understands the charges he is facing with his lawyer saying he intends to deny the charges
Neighbors in the rural town — which has a population of just over 5,000 — told DailyMail.com that the Gendrons are a humble family and that the news of Payton’s murders had shocked them to the core.
Salter Jr, the first and only victim named in the attack, has been hailed a hero after exchanging gunshots with Gendron in the crowded marketplace.
After the premeditated strike, New York Governor Kathy Hochul called the killings “demented” and called for a crackdown on social media companies like Twitch, who she says was actually acting as an “accomplice” by glorifying Gendron’s crimes — what a reflection of the 2019 mosque attack in Christchurch, New Zealand.
The attack saw then 29-year-old Brenton Tarrant – who also donned military uniforms and livestreamed his attack – kill 51 Muslim worshipers. A manifesto written by Tarrant then revealed that the attack was racially motivated.
The White House says President Joe Biden is closely following developments in the tragedy Press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre.
“The President was briefed this afternoon by his Homeland Security adviser about the horrific shooting in Buffalo, NY. He will continue to receive updates throughout the evening and tomorrow as more information comes in,” she said, adding that the president and the first lady were praying for the victims and their loved ones.
Erie County Sheriff John Garcia said of the Gendron massacre: “This was purely malicious, it was outright a racially motivated hate crime.