From Buffalo, NY-A 18-year-old white man in a helmet fired with a rifle in a Buffalo supermarket, killing 10 people and injuring three. .. “
Shooters wore bulletproof vests and military uniforms while attacking predominantly black shoppers and workers at Tops Friendly Markets. For at least two minutes, he aired the shoot live on the streaming platform Twitch, before the service finished sending.
Police said they shot and killed 11 black and two white victims before surrendering to police. He then appeared in front of the judge in a paper medical gown and was charged with murder.
“I sincerely hope that this white supremacist, who has just committed a hate crime in an innocent community, will spend the rest of his days in the tavern, and heaven will help him in the next world.” Said Governor Kathy Hokul near the scene of the attack.
The suspect was identified as Peyton Gendron in Conklin, New York, about 200 miles (320 km) southeast of Buffalo.
It was not immediately clear why Gendron traveled to Buffalo to launch an assault. A clip from his Twitch feed posted on social media showed that he arrived at the supermarket by car.
The shooters shot four outside the store, three deadly, said Buffalo Police Secretary Joseph Gramagria. Inside the store, a former Buffalo police officer fired multiple bullets, but the bullets that hit the shooter’s bulletproof vest had no effect, Gramagria added.
According to the commissioner, the shooters then killed the guards, stalked the store and shot and killed other victims.
“This is the worst nightmare any community can face, and we’re hurt and now confused,” Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said at a news conference. “The depth of pain that the family is feeling, and that we are all feeling right now, cannot even be explained.”
Police entered the store and confronted the shooter in the front yard.
“At that point the suspect put the gun on his neck,” Gramagria said. Two police officers told him to drop the gun, the commissioner said.
In a previous news briefing, Erie County Sheriff John Garcia pointed out the shooting as a hate crime.
“This was pure evil. It was a racially motivated hate crime from someone outside our community, outside the city of good neighbors … coming to our community. I tried to inflict that evil on us, “Garcia said.
Witnesses Bradin Keffert and Shane Hill, both 20 people, were drawn into the parking lot as the archers left. They explained that white men in their late teens or early twenties wore full camouflage, black helmets, and what looked like a rifle.
“He stood there with a gun on his chin. What the hell is going on? Why does this kid have a gun on his face?” Keffert said. He knelt down. “He stripped off his helmet, dropped his gun, and was tackled by the police.”
“We are shocked and deeply saddened by this pointless violence,” said Tops Friendly Markets. “Our thoughts and prayers are directed at the victims and their families.”
The shooting killed 10 people more than a year after the March 2021 attack at the King Soopers grocery store in Boulder, Colorado. Investigators have not released information on why they believe the man charged with the attack targeted the supermarket.
NAACP President Derrick Johnson issued a statement calling the Buffalo shooting “absolutely devastating.”
“Our heart is in the communities and all people affected by this horrific tragedy. There is no hatred and racism in America. We are shattered, very angry, the families of the victims and I pray for my loved ones, “he added.
Rev. Al Sharpton called on the White House to convene meetings with black, Jewish, and Asian leaders to “emphasize that the federal government is stepping up its efforts on hate crimes.”
At the White House, spokesman Karine Jean-Pierre said President Joe Biden received regular updates on shootings and investigations and prayed with the First Lady for the victims and their loved ones. ..
“The president was briefed by the National Security Adviser this afternoon about the horrific shootings in Buffalo, NY. He will continue to receive updates from evening to tomorrow as more information becomes available.” Said.
Attorney General Merrick Garland was briefed on the shooting, said Attorney General spokesman Anthony Corey.
More than two hours after the shooting, Erica Pew Matthews was waiting outside the store, behind a police tape.
“I want to know the identity of my maternal sister, my aunt. She was there with her fiance, they went away and went to another aisle,” she said. He was able to hide in the freezer, but he couldn’t go to my aunt and didn’t know where she was. She just wants words anyway if she’s okay. “
Eric Tucker, Associated Press reporter in Washington, contributed to this report. Balsamo was reported from Washington and Collins was reported from Hartford, Connecticut.