A mass shooting at a grocery store in Buffalo, NY that killed 10 people is under investigation as a hate crime, according to local and federal law enforcement.
The man accused of carrying out the shooting has been detained, Buffalo police said. Of the 13 people shot, 11 were black. Only three survived after being hit by gunfire, and police said their injuries are not life-threatening.
Officials have not released the name of the alleged gunman, but police have identified him as an 18-year-old white man who traveled “hours” to the Tops Friendly Market on Jefferson Avenue in Buffalo, which serves a predominantly black community. Police said the man was “heavily armed” and dressed in “tactical gear”, including a helmet, and was livestreaming the shooting.
“The deep pain that families feel and that we all feel right now cannot even be explained,” Mayor Byron Brown, who is Black, said at a news conference.
Buffalo police called a “mass shooting” at the local Tops in a… tweet posted shortly before 3:30 p.m. Saturday. The tweet said the alleged shooter was in custody.
“This was pure evil, an outright racially motivated hate crime by someone outside our community, outside the town of good neighbors… who came into our community and tried to do us that harm,” said Erie County Sheriff John Garcia.
gov. Kathy Hochul, who is from Buffalo, was supposed to arrive in town a little after 7pm
“I’m closely following the shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo,” she says tweeted about this afternoon’s shooting. “We have provided assistance to local officials. If you are in Buffalo, avoid the area and follow the instructions of the police and local officials.”
New York Attorney General Tish James, who was at a mass abortion rights demonstration in Brooklyn today, tweeted, “All of New York is with Buffalo after this tragic mass shooting.”