Ten Dead After Gunman Attacks Buffalo Supermarket

Police investigate a shooting at a Tops Friendly Market in Buffalo on Saturday.
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This is a developing story.

Ten people were killed and three wounded, including two critically, when a young white gunman opened fire at a Tops supermarket in a predominantly Black neighborhood of Buffalo, New York on Saturday afternoon. 11 of the 13 victims were Black. “It was, straight up, a racially motivated hate crime,” Erie County Sheriff John Garcia told reporters.

The gunman, identified by police sources to the Associated Press as Payton Gendron of Conklin, New York, was later taken into police custody. According to the Buffalo News, he was armed with a high-powered rifle, and was wearing camouflage, body armor, and a military-grade helmet equipped with a camera — and he apparently livestreamed the attack.

A law enforcement official told a CNN reporter that “we have evidence that shows there is a racial component to these actions.” Regarding that evidence, there are unconfirmed reports that the shooter posted a long racist manifesto online before carrying out the attack.

A store employee who was able to escape through the supermarket’s back exit told the News that she thought she heard as many as 70 shots. The News reports that according to local police official, there were as many as five bodies in the supermarket’s parking lot. The News reports that a recently retired Buffalo police officer, who was working as a security guard at the supermarket, was killed during the attack.

Two witnesses who saw police take the gunman into custody in the supermarket’s parking lot told the Associated Press that he looked like he was in his late teens. “He was standing there with the gun to his chin. We were like what the heck is going on? Why does this kid have a gun to his face?” one said. They then saw the shooter drop to his knees. “He ripped off his helmet, dropped his gun, and was tackled by the police.”

Tops Friendly Market, a regional chain of supermarkets, said in a statement that “We are shocked and deeply saddened by this senseless act of violence and our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.” Governor Kathy Hochul, who is originally from Buffalo, tweeted on Saturday afternoon that she was “closely monitoring” the situation and that the state had offered assistance to local authorities.

This post has been updated throughout.

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