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A white college student shot and wounded 10 people at a grocery store in New York’s black Buffalo neighborhood before turning himself in to police.
Authorities said the attack would be investigated as a “hate crime” and an act of “violent extremism motivated by racism,” Reuters reported.
Authorities said the gunman, who was armed with an assault rifle and appeared to be acting alone, arrived in Buffalo from a New York county “hours away” to attack the online store.
Court documents named the suspect as Payton Gendron of Conklin, a town of about 5,000 people in southern New York, south of Tyre, near the Pennsylvania border.
Authorities said the young man, who according to local media was a student at the State University of New York’s Broome Community College near Binghamton, had come close to suicide before his arrest.
Authorities said 11 of the 13 people shot were black and the other two were white.
Police said the attacker was heavily armed and wearing a bulletproof vest.
Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Grammaglia said at a news conference that when the gunman confronted officers at the store, he put a gun to his neck, but they talked to him and persuaded him to put the gun down and will be delivered
Grammaglia said the gunman initially exchanged fire with a former police officer who works as a security guard at the store, but the gunman was protected by his bulletproof vest.
This guard was one of ten shot dead in the accident.
Authorities said three others were injured but were expected to survive.
The FBI’s Stephen Bilongia said the attack would be investigated as a hate crime and an act of “racially motivated violent extremism” under federal law.
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