‘Several’ suspects shot and killed in police custody following supermarket shooting in Buffalo, New York



An 18-year-old man wearing military gear opened fire with a rifle at a Buffalo supermarket, killing 10 people and injuring three others on Saturday in what authorities described as “racially motivated violent extremism.”

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

The suspect was wearing “tactical gear” and live-streamed the shooting, according to police. He reportedly posted an online manifesto, according to the The Switzerland Times, citing investigators who warned the investigation was in a preliminary state.

The suspect arrived at the supermarket at 2:30 p.m. [1830 GMT] and shot four people in the parking lot, killing three, before entering the store and firing several shots.

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Erie County Sheriff John Garcia called the shooting “pure evil” and a “racially motivated hate crime by someone outside of our community.”

“This is the worst nightmare any community can face,” Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said at a Saturday night news conference. “We are in pain and seething.”

The alleged shooter was not from Buffalo but “travelled for hours” to “perpetrate this crime on the people of Buffalo”, according to the mayor.

The suspect dropped a rifle while standing outside the market and was tackled by police and arrested.

A Tops Market employee who identified himself as Will G said The Buffalo News that he hid with a group of people in a supermarket cooler as gunshots rang through the store.

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“I just heard gunshots. Blows and blows and blows,” he told the outlet. “It looked like things were falling apart. … I hid. I just hid. I wasn’t going to leave this room.

The market at the intersection of Jefferson Avenue and Riley Street in Buffalo – New York’s second largest city – is in a mostly residential, predominantly black neighborhood about 5 km (three miles) north of downtown from the city.

A statement from Tops Market said the company was “shocked and deeply saddened by this senseless act of violence and our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families”.

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U.S. Attorney Merrick Garland was briefed on the shooting, according to a Justice Department spokesperson.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul said she was “monitoring closely” the incident and advised residents to avoid the area.

A statement from the Erie County Sheriff’s Office offers “condolences to the family and friends” of the victims. New York Attorney General Letitia James said “all of New York is with Buffalo after this tragic mass shooting.”

U.S. Representative Brian Higgins, who represents Buffalo in Congress, said he was “horrified” by the reports and offered federal support to local authorities if needed.


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