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A white college student shot and injured 10 people at a grocery store in New York’s black Buffalo borough before surrendering to police.
Authorities said the attack would be investigated as a “hate crime” and an act of “racially motivated violent extremism,” Reuters reported.
Authorities said the perpetrator, who was armed with an assault rifle and appeared to be acting alone, came to Buffalo from a New York county “hours away” to target the store in an online attack.
Court papers named the suspect Payton Gendron of Conklin, a town of about 5,000 in southern New York, near the Pennsylvania border.
Authorities said the young man, who according to local media was a student at Broome Community College at the State University of New York near Binghamton, was about to commit suicide before his arrest.
Officials said 11 of the 13 people shot were black and the other two were white.
Police said the gunman was heavily armed and was wearing a bulletproof vest.
Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Grammaglia told a news conference that when the gunman confronted police in the store, he put a gun to his neck, but they spoke to him and persuaded him to put the gun down and surrender. .
Grammaglia said the gunman initially exchanged fire with a former police officer who works as a security guard at the store, but the gunman was protected by his body armor.
This guard was one of ten shot dead in the accident.
Authorities said three others were injured but expected to survive.
The FBI’s Stephen Bilongia said the attack would be investigated under federal law as a hate crime and an act of “racially motivated violent extremism.”
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