Buffalo, New York – A teenage shooter wearing military equipment and performing live streaming with a helmet camera fires a rifle in a supermarket buffalo, which authorities have described as “racially motivated violent extremism” on Saturday. Killed 10 people and injured 3 before surrendering to. Authorities said.
According to police, the 18-year-old white gunman wore body armor and military uniform when he pulled up and fired at the people of Tops Friendly Markets. The shooting was done through a camera attached to a man’s helmet. ..
“He got out of the car. He was very armed. He had tactical equipment. He wore a tactical helmet. He lived what he was doing. I had a camera streaming, “City Police Commissioner Joseph Gramagria said at a subsequent press conference.
Initially, four or three gunmen were fatally injured outside the store, according to Gramagria. Inside the store, a former Buffalo police officer fired multiple bullets at the shooter and attacked them, but the bullets hit the shooter’s bulletproof vest and were ineffective, Gramagria added. The commissioner then said the shooters had killed the guards.
According to officials, the video also captured the suspect when he stepped into a supermarket and shot several other victims there.
According to police, 11 of the victims were black and two were white. Supermarkets are located primarily in the Black district, a few miles (kilometers) north of downtown Buffalo.
“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.”
According to Gramagria, Buffalo police entered the store and confronted the shooters in the front yard.
“At that point, the suspect put a gun on his neck. Buffalo police officers (two patrol officers) told him to drop the gun. He dropped the gun and was tactical. He removed some of his equipment and surrendered at that point, and he was taken out and put on a police car, “he said.
The suspect was later identified as Peyton Gendron of Conklin, a New York community about 200 miles (320 km) southeast of Buffalo, two law enforcement officials told The Associated Press. Officials were not allowed to speak publicly on this issue and did so on condition of anonymity.
Gendron, wearing a hospital gown, was charged in court with one murder charge on Saturday night and ordered to be detained without bail. Another court hearing is scheduled for next week.
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.
Elsewhere, NAACP President Derrick Johnson issued a statement calling the shooting “absolutely devastating.”
“Our heart is in the communities and all who are affected by this horrific tragedy. There is no hatred and racism in America. We are shattered, very angry, with the families of the victims. I pray for my loved ones, “he added.
Separately, Rev. Al Sharpton called on the White House to convene meetings with blacks, Jews, and Asians to “emphasize that the federal government is stepping up its efforts on hate crimes.” rice field. In a tweet, Sharpton said, “All these community leaders should cooperate with this!”
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.
In the Buffalo scene on Saturday afternoon, police closed the entire block of spectators, and yellow police taped the entire parking lot.
Witnesses Bradin Keffert and Shane Hill, both 20 people, were drawn into the parking lot as the archers left. They described him as a white man in his late teens or early twenties, wearing a full camouflage, a black helmet, and what looks 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?” Kefart 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.”
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. “.
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 fiancé, they went away 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. “
The Associated Press reporter John Wowlow of Buffalo and Eric Tucker of Washington contributed to this report. Balsamo was reported from Washington and Collins was reported from Hartford, Connecticut.
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