A mass shooting at a Buffalo, New York grocery store that killed 10 people is being investigated as a hate crime, according to local and federal law enforcement.
The man accused of carrying out the shooting is in custody, the Buffalo Police Department said. Among 13 people shot, 11 were black. Only three survived after being hit by gunfire, and police said their injuries were not life-threatening.
Authorities have not released the name of the suspected shooter, but police identified him as an 18-year-old white man who traveled “hours” to the Tops Friendly Market on Jefferson Avenue in Buffalo, which caters to a predominantly black community. Police said the man was “heavily armed” and dressed in “tactical gear” including a helmet, and live-streamed the shooting.
“The depth of pain that families are feeling and all of us are feeling right now cannot even be explained,” Mayor Byron Brown, who is black, said at a news conference.
The Buffalo Police Department cited a “mass shooting” in the local Tops in a cheep posted shortly before 3:30 p.m. Saturday. The tweet said the suspected shooter was in custody.
“This was pure evil, a directly racially motivated hate crime from someone outside of our community, outside of the city of good neighbors … who came into our community and tried to inflict that evil on us,” the County Sheriff said. Erie, John Garcia.
Gov. Kathy Hochul, who is from Buffalo, was expected to arrive in town sometime after 7 p.m.
“I am closely monitoring the shooting at a grocery store in Buffalo,” he said. tweeted about the shooting this afternoon. “We have offered assistance to local officials. If you are in Buffalo, please avoid the area and follow the instructions of the police and local officials.”
New York Attorney General Tish James, who was at a mass abortion rights rally in Brooklyn today, tweeted: “All of New York stands with Buffalo after this tragic mass shooting.”