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Friday, May 27, 2022

10 killed in buffalo supermarket attack, police say hate crime

By Carolyn Thompson, John Varro, Michael Balsamo and Dave Collins

Buffalo, NY ( Associated Press) — Livestreaming a white 18-year-old wearing military gear and with a helmet camera opened fire with a rifle at a supermarket in Buffalo, killing 10 people and injuring three others on Saturday. Officials described it as “racially motivated”. Violent extremism. ,

The gunman wore body armor and military-style clothing during the attack on mostly black shopkeepers and workers at Top Friendly Market. For at least two minutes before the service ended its broadcast, they broadcast the shooting live on the streaming platform Twitch.

Police said he had shot 11 black victims and two white men before surrendering to police. Later, he appeared before a judge in a paper medical gown and was charged with murder.

“It is my sincere hope that this person, this white supremacist who has just committed a hate crime on an innocent community, will spend the rest of his days behind bars. And heaven help him in the next world too,” said Governor Kathy Hochul, speaking near the scene of the attack.

The suspected gunman was identified as Peyton Gendron of Conklin, New York, about 200 miles (320 kilometers) southeast of Buffalo.

It was not immediately clear why Gendron traveled to Buffalo to attack. A clip apparently from his Twitch feed posted on social media showed him arriving at the supermarket in his car.

Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia said the gunman shot four people outside the shop, killing three. Inside the store, a security guard, a retired Buffalo police officer, fired several shots, but the bullet that hit the gunman’s bulletproof vest had no effect, Gramaglia said.

The gunman then killed the guard, the commissioner said, then shot other victims through the shop.

“It’s the worst nightmare any community can face, and we’re hurting and we’re just boiling,” Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown told a news conference. “The depth of pain that families are feeling and what we are all feeling right now cannot be explained.”

Police entered the shop and confronted the gunman in the vestibule.

“At that point the suspect held the gun to his neck,” Gramaglia said. Two officers asked him to drop the gun, the commissioner said.

At an earlier news briefing, Erie County Sheriff John Garcia explicitly called the shooting a hate crime.

“It was pure evil. It was a racially motivated hate crime directly outside our community, outside the city of good neighbors,” Garcia said.

Witnesses Bradin Keffert and Shane Hill, both 20, entered the parking lot as the shooters were leaving. He described a white male in his teens or early twenties, who appeared to be in full camo, a black helmet and rifle.

“He was standing there with a gun to his chin. We were like what’s up? Why is this kid with a gun in his face?” Keffert said. He fell on his knees. “He tore off his helmet, dropped his gun, and the police overpowered him.”

“We are shocked and deeply saddened by this senseless act of violence and our condolences and prayers are with the victims and their families,” Topps Friendly Markets said in a statement.

The shooting comes a year after the March 2021 attack at King Sopers Grocery in Boulder, Colorado, which killed 10 people. Investigators have not released any information about why they believe the man accused in the attack targeted the supermarket.

NAACP President Derrick Johnson issued a statement in which he called the Buffalo shooting “absolutely devastating.”

“Our hearts are with the community and all those who have been affected by this terrible tragedy. There is no place for hate and racism in America. We are broken, deeply outraged and praying for the families and loved ones of the victims.”

The Rev. Al Sharpton called for a meeting with black, Jewish and Asian leaders at the White House to “underline the federal government’s (is) efforts against hate crimes.”

At the White House, Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said President Joe Biden was receiving regular updates on the shooting and investigation and prayed with the First Lady for the victims and their loved ones.

“The President has been briefed by his Homeland Security Advisor about the gruesome shooting in Buffalo, NY this afternoon. He will continue to receive updates through the evening and tomorrow as further information develops,” she said.

Justice Department spokesman Anthony Cooley said Attorney General Merrick Garland was briefed about the shooting.

More than two hours after the shooting, Erica Pugh-Matthews waited outside the store behind the police tapes.

“We would like to know the status of my aunt, my mother’s sister. She was there with her fiancé, they parted ways and went in different corridors,” she said. “One bullet barely missed him. He was able to hide in a freezer but he can’t get to my aunt and doesn’t know where she is. We want words either way if she’s okay “


Associated Press reporters Eric Tucker in Washington contributed to this report. Balsamo reported from Washington and Collins from Hartford, Connecticut.

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