An 18-year-old white gunman killed 10 people and injured three others at a convenience store in a black neighborhood of Buffalo, New York, before surrendering to authorities, who called it a hate crime and an act of “racially motivated violent extremism.” ”
Authorities said the suspect, who was armed with an assault rifle and appeared to have acted alone, drove “hours” to Buffalo from his home in a New York county to target the store in an internet-broadcast attack. Eleven of the 13 people affected by gunfire were black, officials said.
The suspect, who was not immediately named by police, was heavily armed and dressed in tactical clothing, including body armor, police said.
When officers were confronted in a store vestibule, the suspect held a gun to his own neck, but they persuaded him to drop the weapon and surrender, Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia told a news conference.
Gramaglia said the gunman initially exchanged fire with a former police officer who worked as a security guard for the store, but the suspect was protected by his body armor.
The guard was one of 10 people shot dead in the incident. Three others were injured but are expected to survive, authorities said.
Stephen Belongia, the FBI special agent in charge of the Buffalo field office, said the attack will be investigated under federal law as both a hate crime and an act of “racially motivated violent extremism.”
“This is a day of great pain for our community,” Buffalo Mayor Bryon Brown told reporters. “Many of us have often been in and out of the supermarket. … We can not distribute this hateful person our community or our country.”