18-Year-Old Live Mass Shooting Leaves 10 Dead At Buffalo Supermarket

This story has been updated.

Ten people died after a teenage gunman who was live-recording the event who is now in custody opened fire inside a supermarket in Buffalo in what authorities said was a hate crime.

Thirteen people were shot in the incident that took place after 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at Tops Market on Jefferson Avenue, Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia said. The other three people who were shot did not suffer life-threatening injuries.

Gramaglia said the suspect was 18 years old. Authorities said his identity would be released late Saturday after he was charged with multiple first-degree murders.

The suspect was fully armed, had tactical gear, a tactical helmet and “livestreamed what he was doing” on an unspecified social media platform, Gramaglia said.

“This is pure crime,” Erie County Sheriff John Garcia said at a news conference. “It was a hate crime that was directly racially motivated by someone outside our community, coming into our community and trying to influence us.”

Authorities said the suspect was from an area in New York several hours from Buffalo, but have not disclosed where exactly.

NBC New York said authorities were “investigating whether the suspect was motivated by white supremacist ideology, and whether he may have posted a manifesto online,” noting that the market was in a predominantly black neighborhood.

CBS reported the suspect shouted racial slurs during the shooting and had racial slurs written on his gun.

Gramaglia said the gunman put his gun around his neck when he saw the officer who persuaded him to put it down and surrender,

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Eleven of the 13 shots were Black, Gramaglia said.

President Biden and US Attorney General Merrick Garland have been notified of the shooting. The FBI is investigating the attack as a hate crime and as violent extremism.

He shot four people in the parking lot, three of whom died, before entering the shop, Gramaglia said.

One of those shot and killed inside the shop was retired officer PD Buffalo, who worked as a security guard at the market, Gramaglia said. Three other shop employees were killed.

“We were hurt and we’re boiling right now as a community,” Brown said. “The depth of pain the family and all of us are feeling is inexplicable.”

Brown said New York Governor Kathy Hochul was expected to arrive in Buffalo Saturday evening.

“I am saddened for the victims whose lives were shortened in today’s horrific mass shooting in Buffalo, which was a hate crime motivated by hate,” said NY State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins ​​of Yonkers. “There is no place in New York for hate and white supremacist or any other hate-based ideology.

“Targeted attacks on black Americans are not a new phenomenon in this country, and now is the time for us as a nation to come together to confront this hatred. My thoughts are with the families of the victims whose lives have been shattered by this cruel act. racial hatred and senseless violence.”

US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York said: “My prayers are with the victims of this act of racially motivated violence. My heart goes out to the loved ones of the victims, our emergency personnel, and the entire Buffalo community. Racism, prejudice and hate have no place in our country or our country.”

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