At least 7 killed in Buffalo mass shooting, law enforcement sources say

(UPDATED) 10 killed, 3 injured in racially motivated shooting at Buffalo Supermarket

At least 10 people were killed and three others were injured when a gunman dressed in hateful and tactical clothing stormed a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, on Saturday afternoon, officials said.Officials say he streamed the attack on a social media platform.Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia said an 18-year-old white man in suspicious, tactical clothing had been taken into custody after 13 people were shot dead at the Tops Friendly Market supermarket.

The suspect is said to have come from a remote part of the state and was live-streaming the shooting, Gramaglia said.

He will be arraigned on a charge of first-degree murder, local officials said.

“This was pure evil,” Erie County Sheriff John Garcia said at a news conference. “Straight up racially motivated, hate crime from somebody outside of our community — outside of the City of Good Neighbors, as the mayor said — coming into our community and trying to inflict evil upon us.”

At least 7 killed in Buffalo mass shooting, law enforcement sources say
At least 7 killed in Buffalo mass shooting, law enforcement sources say

Four store employees, including a security guard, were among the victims. Eleven of the shooting victims are Black, two are white, Gramaglia said.

Stephen Belongia, the FBI’s special agent in charge of the Buffalo area, said the case would be investigated as a hate crime and a tragedy of “racially motivated violent extremism.”

Three senior law enforcement officials identified the suspect as Payton Gendron.

The suspect appeared to have the N-word written or etched on one of the weapons, law enforcement sources said.

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said the suspect “is not from this area and is from hours away and drove to Buffalo” to commit the crime.

“This is the worst nightmare that any community can face,” he said.

Brown said he had helped bring the Tops Friendly Market on Jefferson Avenue to the Black community and that many people he knew, as well as his own family, patronized the store.

A heavily armed man wearing tactical gear went to the store on Jefferson Avenue about 2:30 p.m. and opened fire in the parking lot. He fatally shot three people and wounded one before entering the store and continuing to shoot, Gramaglia said.

A security guard returned fire but because the suspect had on ballistic protection, the rounds didn’t appear to penetrate. The suspect returned fire and fatally shot the guard, the said.

The guard was a retired Buffalo police officer and was beloved, Gramaglia said.

The suspect then continued to walk through the store shooting, he said. Responding Buffalo officers engaged the suspect in the store’s vestibule, and the man responded by putting a gun to his neck, the commissioner said.