At least 10 dead in ‘racially motivated’ shooting in Buffalo supermarket: police

At least ten people have been killed in a shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, local police said on Saturday.

The incident is being investigated as both a hate crime and a case of racially motivated violent extremism, according to police.

Police walk past a small monument as they investigate after a shooting at a supermarket on Saturday, May 14, 2022 in Buffalo, NY

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The alleged gunman is in custody, police said at a news conference Saturday after the mass shooting around 2:30 p.m. both inside and outside the Jefferson Avenue Tops Markets, about three miles north of downtown Buffalo.

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“This was pure evil. This was straight up a racially motivated hate crime by someone out of town,” said Erie County Sheriff John Garcia.

The gunman was identified as Payton Gendron of Conklin, a community about 200 miles southeast of Buffalo, New York, two law enforcement officers told The Associated Press. The officials were not allowed to speak about the case publicly and did so on condition of anonymity.

Wearing a hospital gown, Gendron was summoned to court on Saturday night on charges of first degree murder and held without bail. Another court hearing is scheduled for next week.

People hug outside the scene after a shooting at a supermarket on Saturday, May 14, 2022 in Buffalo, NY

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The supermarket is located in a predominantly black neighborhood. The area is primarily residential, with a Family Dollar store and fire station nearby.

Of the 13 victims, 11 were black and two white, while the gunman is white, police said during the press conference.

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He was dressed in tactical clothing and armed with a rifle. Police said he appears to be from a county near New York state hours away from Buffalo. Police say the shooter streamed the incident live.


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Upon arrival, the gunman, an 18-year-old man, shot four in the parking lot. Three died and one survived.

The gunman then entered the store and opened fire. One of the dead at the Tops supermarket was a retired police officer, according to the Buffalo Police Commissioner.

The suspect put the gun to his own neck before Buffalo police convinced him to put it down and took him into custody.


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“We’ve been dealing with a mass shooting with multiple casualties,” said Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown.

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“Many of us know this supermarket very well. Many of us know some of those who are victims of this heinous crime. This is the worst nightmare any community can face, and we are in pain and we are seething right now. There is no consolation at the moment,” he said.

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown takes a moment of silence and prayer after a shooting at a supermarket on Saturday, May 14, 2022 in Buffalo, NY

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“We are shocked and deeply saddened by this senseless act of violence and our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families,” said Tops Markets.

“Our top priority remains the health and well-being of our employees and customers. We appreciate the prompt response of local law enforcement officers and are making all available resources available to assist authorities with the ongoing investigation.”

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Governor Kathy Hochul tweeted that she was “closely watching the shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo”, her hometown. She said state officials have offered assistance to local authorities.

The shooting came just over a year after a March 2021 attack on a King Soopers supermarket in Boulder, Colorado that killed 10 people. Investigators have not released any information as to why they believe the man charged in that attack was the supermarket’s target.

– With Associated Press files


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