Shooting at Buffalo supermarket leaves at least 10 dead

Shooting at Buffalo supermarket leaves at least 10 dead

At least 10 people were killed and three more were injured on Saturday after a gunman opened fire at a Buffalo, NY, supermarket in a mass shooting.

Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia said the suspect, an 18-year-old white male, drove to Tops Friendly Markets from out of town. He was heavily armed and wearing tactical gear and a helmet, Gramaglia told a news conference.

The suspect first shot four people in the parking lot, three of whom died, according to Gramaglia.

Inside the store, the shooter found a retired Buffalo police officer who worked at the store as a security guard. The two exchanged fire and the security guard died, Gramaglia said.

The suspect shot 13 people in all as he moved around the store. When Buffalo police arrived, the suspect threatened to shoot himself in the neck before turning himself in, according to the chief of police.

Police secured the area around the Buffalo supermarket on Saturday.


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Gramaglia said the suspect live-streamed the shooting online.

Investigators are reviewing the suspected gunman’s online social media accounts for content he posted about previous racially motivated shootings by extremists, according to a law enforcement official briefed on the investigation.

The store where the shooting took place is in a mostly black neighborhood in Buffalo. Eleven of the people shot were black and two were white, according to Gramaglia.

Stephen Belongia, a special agent at the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Buffalo Field Office, said the shooting would be investigated as a hate crime and a case of racially motivated violent extremism.

Erie County District Attorney John Flynn said the suspect would be charged with murder and that his office would seek a life sentence without parole. Mr. Flynn said the police collected evidence that indicated a racial motivation.

“This is the worst nightmare any community can face and we are hurting and boiling right now as a community,” Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said at the press conference.

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