Ten people were killed in a racially motivated mass shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo on Saturday by a suspect in tactical gear who was livestreaming the attack, law enforcement officials said during a news conference.
The shooting occurred Saturday afternoon at a Tops Friendly Markets store. The suspect in the shooting, a White male, is in custody, police said. He was identified as Payton Gendron, 18, and pleaded not guilty to the first degree murder charge brought against him in court Saturday night,
Congressman Brian Higgins , who represents and resides in Buffalo, New York, released the following statement after the mass shooting in Buffalo today:
“Buffalo is my home, the community I love. Today our neighbors, people who left their homes to simply go to work or get groceries, were targeted by a racism-inspired act of domestic terrorism. Families I know have been forever changed, loved ones forever gone.
“Known as the ‘City of Good Neighbors’ Buffalo is community that looks out for one another. We are hurt, we are grieving, and we will need to come together like Buffalo does to heal.
“The facts are plain. The motivation is hate-filled and disgusting. I applaud law enforcement and agencies at the federal, state, and local level who apprehended the shooter, are collecting evidence, and organized a quick arraignment. The shooter should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
Thirteen were shot in the attack and 10 have died. Of those shot, 11 were Black and two were White, officials said. Two people remain hospitalized in stable condition, a spokesperson for Erie County Medical Center told CNN.
ECMC Hospital Corporation Statement BUFFALO, NEW YORK— “We mourn the senseless and tragic murders today of innocent souls and the wounding of at least three others. This despicable and cowardly action reminds us that we must continue our fight against hate and racism in our country. We pray for the families of the victims and the recovery of those injured.”
The US Department of Justice is investigating the mass shooting “as a hate crime and an act of racially-motivated violent extremism,” according to a statement from US Attorney General Merrick Garland.
The Justice Department tonight released the following statement from Attorney General Merrick B. Garland:
“Tonight, the country mourns the victims of a senseless, horrific shooting in Buffalo, New York. The FBI and ATF are working closely with the Buffalo Police Department and federal, state, and local law enforcement partners.
“The Justice Department is investigating this matter as a hate crime and an act of racially-motivated violent extremism. The Justice Department is committed to conducting a thorough and expeditious investigation into this shooting and to seeking justice for these innocent victims.”
The FBI is assisting in the investigation, Stephen Belongia, special agent in charge of the FBI Buffalo field office, said at the news conference.
The Tops supermarket targeted in Saturday’s attack is located near the areas of Masten Park and Kingsley in the heart of Buffalo’s Black community.
The suspect drove to Buffalo to the Tops market heavily armed, wearing tactical gear, and had a camera where he was livestreaming what he was doing, said Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia.
Investigators are reviewing a purported manifesto posted online in connection with the mass shooting.