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10 killed in mass shooting in supermarket, suspect arrested

10 killed in mass shooting in supermarket, suspect arrested

by Carolyn Thompson, Michael Balsamo and Dave Collins

BUFFALO, NY ( Associated Press) – A gunman dressed in military-style clothing opened fire with a rifle at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, in what officials called a “hate crime and racially motivated violent extremism,” killing 10 and Three others were injured. before being taken into custody on Saturday afternoon, law enforcement officials said.

Two law enforcement officers told the Associated Press that the gunman was identified as Peyton Gendron of Conklin, a community about 200 miles (320 kilometers) southeast of Buffalo in New York state. Officials were not allowed to speak publicly on the matter and did so on condition of anonymity.

One of the officers said the FBI was questioning the suspect Saturday evening, and was expected to appear in court later on Saturday.

Officials said 11 of the victims were black and two were white. The shooting took place in a predominantly Black neighborhood a few miles (kilometers) north of downtown Buffalo.

“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.”

Erie County Sheriff John Garcia said, “It was pure evil. It was a racially motivated hate crime from someone directly outside our community, outside the city of good neighbors … was coming into our community and that evil.” was trying to impose on us.”

Police officials said the gunman opened fire with a rifle at a top friendly market. An official said investigators believe he may have been streaming the shooting from a camera mounted in his helmet.

The officer said the video showed the gunman pulling the rifle in the front seat towards the front of the shop and then pointing the rifle at people in the parking lot as he exited the vehicle and opened fire. .

It also shows the suspect entering a supermarket and shooting several other victims, the official said. According to officials, one of the victims was a recently retired police officer who was working as a security guard at the store.

The supermarket is in a predominantly Black neighborhood, about 3 miles (5 kilometers) north of downtown Buffalo. The surrounding area is primarily residential, with a Family Dollar store and fire station near the store.

Witnesses said the gunman was wearing military-style clothing in addition to body armor and a helmet, one of the law enforcement officers told the Associated Press.

Bradin Keffert and Shane Hill, both 20, pulled into the parking lot just as the shooters were leaving. He described him as a white male in his late teens or early twenties, showing full camo, a black helmet and a 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.”

At the White House, Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said President Joe Biden is receiving regular updates about the shooting and its aftermath.

“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 later in the evening and tomorrow as further information develops,” he said, adding that the President and First Lady victims and their loved ones were praying for.

“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 police closed the checkpoint standing in the queue of the spectators and the yellow police surrounded the entire parking lot. Mayor Brown and Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz were at the scene late Saturday, gathered in a parking lot across the street from the Topps store and expected to address the media.

For 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 “

Governor Kathy Hochul tweeted that she was closely monitoring the shooting at a grocery store in her hometown of Buffalo. He said the state authorities have offered help to the local authorities. The Erie County Sheriff’s Office said on social media that it has ordered all available personnel to assist Buffalo Police.

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

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.

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Associated Press journalists John Wavro in Buffalo and Eric Tucker in Washington contributed to this report. Balsamo reported from Washington and Collins from Hartford, Connecticut.

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