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BUFFALO, NY (WIVB) – Ten people were killed and three others suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were transported to local hospitals after a mass shooting at a supermarket on Buffalo’s east side Saturday after- noon.
The shooter was an 18-year-old white man who was heavily armed with tactical gear and livestreamed during the mass shooting, officials said. Buffalo City Mayor Byron Brown said the shooter was not from Buffalo and had traveled “hours” from outside the area.
“It was pure evil,” Erie County Sheriff John Garcia said. “A racially motivated hate crime.”
The shooter was identified in court Saturday night as Payton S. Gendron of Conklin, New York, about 200 miles southeast of Buffalo.
Gendron was charged with one count of first degree murder without bail.
The 18-year-old will be back in court at 9.30am on Thursday for a felony hearing.
When Gendron exited his vehicle at the supermarket, authorities say he shot four people in the parking lot. Three of them died and one is hospitalized. The shooter entered the store and opened fire on customers.
A retired Buffalo police officer, Aaron Salter, who worked as a security guard, shot Gendron but he was unhurt because he was wearing armor, Gramaglia said. The retired officer was shot and killed.
A law enforcement source told CBS News that the shooter had a racial slur written on his gun. The attack is being treated as a hate crime.
Erie County District Attorney John Flynn will not confirm the existence of the shooter’s manifesto. He said they believed there was a “racial component” to the attack, but would say no more.
This attack is being investigated by the FBI as a hate crime and violent extremism.
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, First tweeted confirming the shooting: “I have been notified of an active multi-shot event at Tops Markets on Jefferson Street in Buffalo. The police are on the spot. Please stay away from the area.
The White House released this statement from President Joe Biden:
“The President was briefed by his Homeland Security Advisor on the horrific shooting in Buffalo, NY this afternoon. He will continue to receive updates throughout the evening and tomorrow as further new information will develop.The President and First Lady are praying for those who have been lost and for their loved ones.
Kathy Hochul, Governor of New York State tweeted saying she is monitoring the situation and has offered her assistance to local law enforcement.
“I’m watching the grocery store shooting in Buffalo closely,” Gov. Hochul said. “We offered assistance to the local authorities. If you are in Buffalo, please avoid the area and follow the advice of law enforcement and local authorities.
The Erie County Sheriff’s Office tweeted This declaration:
“The Erie County Sheriff’s Office wishes to extend its condolences to the family and friends of [today’s] filming. Sheriff Garcia has directed all available resources and personnel to assist @BPDAlerts.
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