Buffalo supermarket shooting: what do we know so far? – Boston News, Weather, Sports

BUFFALO, NY (AP) — On Saturday afternoon, a white gunman in military equipment attacked shopkeepers and workers at a convenience store in Buffalo, New York, killing 10 and injuring three others. Most of the victims were black. Officials said they are investigating the shooting as a racially motivated hate crime.

An overview of what we know so far:

WHAT HAPPENED?

A white 18-year-old in military gear and live streaming with a helmet camera opened fire at Tops Friendly Market on Saturday afternoon. That’s a supermarket in a predominantly black neighborhood of Buffalo, New York.

The shooter livestreamed the shooting to a small audience on Twitch for several minutes before the platform cut its feed.

According to police, the gunman started shooting in the parking lot and then entered the store. Guard Aaron Salter fired several shots, but none penetrated the gunner’s armor. The gunman killed Salter, then walked down the aisles to shoot shoppers.

When police confronted the gunman in the store’s vestibule, he put his gun to his own neck, but surrendered and dropped the gun at the urging of the officers.

WHO IS THE SUSPECTED shooter?

Police have identified the gunman as Payton Gendron, of Conklin, New York. Conklin is a small town about 200 miles (320 kilometers) southeast of Buffalo, not far from the Pennsylvania state line.

Officials said the rifle Gendron used in the attack was legally purchased, but the magazines he used for ammunition were not allowed to be sold in New York.

After the shooting, Gedron appeared before a judge in a paper medical gown and was charged with murder.

A document widely circulating online apparently outlines Gedron’s racist, anti-immigrant and anti-Semitic beliefs. Among them was the desire to expel all people who are not of European descent from the US. The document appeared to be inspired by the gunman who killed 51 people in 2019 at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

WHO WERE THE VICTIMS?

Police have not released the names of most of the victims. They have said that, including the injured, 11 victims were black and two were white.

One of the dead was Aaron Salter, a retired Buffalo police officer who worked as a security guard at the store. Salter fired several shots at the attacker, hitting him at least once.

Also among the dead was Ruth Whitfield, the 86-year-old mother of retired Buffalo Fire Commissioner Garnell Whitfield. He told the Buffalo News that his mother was “a mother to the motherless” and “a blessing to all of us.” The newspaper also reported that Katherine Massey had been murdered.

WHAT DO AUTHORITIES SAY ABOUT THE MOTIF?

During a news conference on Saturday, Erie County Sheriff John Garcia called the shooting a hate crime.

“This was pure evil. It was an outright racist hate crime from someone outside our community, outside the City of Good Neighbors… who came into our community and tried to inflict that harm on us,” Garcia said.

The FBI is investigating the shooting as both a hate crime and racially motivated violent extremism.

Authorities have declined to comment on the document alleging the attackers display racist, anti-immigrant and anti-Semitic beliefs.

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