Buffalo mass shooting: Suspect, 18, arrested as 10 killed in ‘racially motivated’ supermarket attack

An 18-year-old male suspect has been taken into custody after a Saturday mass shooting at a Tops supermarket in Buffalo, New York, where a gunman shot at least 13 people, killing 10 in what police called a “racially motivated hate crime.” . †

According to officials, the suspect was wearing “tactical gear” and livestreaming the shooting. He reportedly posted a manifesto online, according to the Associated Press, citing investigators warning that the investigation is in a preliminary state.

The suspect arrived at the grocery store after 2:30 p.m. ET and shot four people in the parking lot, killing three, before entering the store and firing multiple shots.

Erie County Sheriff John Garcia called the shooting “pure evil” and a “direct racially motivated hate crime by someone outside our community.”

“This is the worst nightmare that can happen to a community,” Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said at a news conference Saturday night. “We are in pain and we are seething.”

Among the victims, 11 of the 13 victims of the shooting are black, officials said Saturday.

In addition to the ten dead, three sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

The suspected gunman was not from Buffalo, but “traveled for hours” from another county in the state to “commit this crime against the people of Buffalo,” the mayor said.

One of the victims was a retired Buffalo police officer who worked as a security guard at the store, who fired at the suspect but was unable to stop him because the alleged gunman was wearing body armor.

Two officers later persuaded the suspect to drop his weapons and surrender.

A Tops Markets employee who identified herself as Will G said: The Buffalo News that he hid with a group of people in a walk-in cooler of a supermarket while gunshots rang out in the store.

“I just heard shots. Shots and shots and shots,” he told the outlet. “It sounded like things were falling over. … I hid. I just hid. I wouldn’t leave that room.”

The market at the intersection of Jefferson Avenue and Riley Street in Buffalo – New York’s second largest city – is located in a largely residential, predominantly black neighborhood about three miles north of downtown.

A statement from Tops Market said the company is “shocked and deeply saddened by this senseless act of violence and our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.”

US Attorney Merrick Garland has been informed of the shooting, a Justice Department spokesman said.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul said she is monitoring the incident “closely” and has advised residents to avoid the area.

A statement from the Erie County Sheriff’s Office offers “confined condolences to the victims’ families and friends.” New York Attorney General Letitia James said “all of New York is at Buffalo after this tragic mass shooting.”

US Representative Brian Higgins, who represents Buffalo in Congress, said he was “appalled” by the reports and provided federal support to local authorities as needed.

Local Police, New York State Police and the FBI are investigating the shooting.

Officials say the alleged gunman could face life in prison on charges of murder.

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