Black New York churches more protected after shootings in Buffalo on Saturday: NYPD

New York City police are deploying additional forces to black houses of worship as a precaution after a deadly mass shooting Saturday in Buffalo, New York, on a weekend that saw the nation see exchanges of gunfire. that also sent crowds running in Milwaukee and Los Angeles.

In Buffalo, the shooting at the Tops Friends Market grocery store unfolded when a suspect wearing military-style clothing and a bulletproof vest shot at least 10 people dead around 2:30 p.m., the Associated Press reported.

Evidence suggests race may have been a motivating factor in that attack, Erie County District Attorney John Flynn said during a news conference. He confirmed that 11 of the 13 people shot were black and said the suspect allegedly targeted Buffalo because of its high black population, driving hours from his home in an undisclosed New York county.

In response to the reports, the NYPD contacted officers in Buffalo.

New York Police Additional Security Black Churches
Out of an “abundance of caution,” the New York Police Department will provide additional security this weekend to churches in communities of color following a racially motivated mass shooting in Buffalo, NY Above, a member of the NYPD New York wearing a ‘back’ blue face mask stands during a candlelight vigil in front of St. Patrick’s Cathedral on January 6 in New York City.
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“We contacted our partners at Buffalo Police immediately upon learning of the attack,” said Sgt. Brendan Ryan, a spokesman for the NYPD, said news week in an email. “We offered any assistance and began running the suspect through our databases to determine if we had any information. [of] value to the Buffalo police or if there was any connection to New York City.

“While we assess that there is no threat to New York City from this incident, out of an abundance of caution, we have shifted counterterrorism and patrol resources to pay special attention to a number of locations and areas, including major houses of worship in the communities of color.”

The Buffalo suspect, identified as 18-year-old Payton Gendron by Buffalo City Court Chief Judge Craig Hannah, has been charged with first-degree murder, according to CNN. He is scheduled to appear in court at 9:30 am ET on Thursday.

Attorney General Merrick B. Garland released a statement about Saturday night’s mass shooting, calling it a “hate crime.”

“Tonight, the country mourns the victims of a horrific senseless shooting in Buffalo, New York. The FBI and ATF are working closely with the Buffalo Police Department and law enforcement partners. federal, state and local authorities,” Garland said in the statement. “The Department of Justice is investigating this matter as a hate crime and a racially motivated act of violent extremism. The Department of Justice is committed to conducting a thorough and expeditious investigation into this shooting and seeking justice for these innocent victims.”

Live streaming platform Twitch confirmed to CNN that the incident was broadcast, and federal officials said that a purported manifesto allegedly posted by the suspect is also under review.

In the wake of the Buffalo shooting, Los Angeles police are searching for a suspect who shot someone outside the city’s bustling Grand Central Market in another weekend shooting that sent customers running.

LAPD responded at 3:56 p.m. Saturday to a report of a shooting near Grand Central Market on South Hill Street, according to the Los Angeles Times. The victim was in an unknown condition, officer Rosario Cervantes told the newspaper.

A male suspect was still at large as police searched the area. Videos shared on social media platforms showed frightened customers running away.

An employee told the newspaper the incident occurred near the entrance to the venue, described on its website as Los Angeles’ “oldest and largest public market” offering 40 vendor booths that “are home to a unique mix in Los Angeles from legacy vendors. “

In Milwaukee on Friday night, fans of a game between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Boston Celtics fled through the streets when three people were shot near the Fiserv Forum.

In that shooting, a man and two women suffered non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

In other shooting incidents in Milwaukee on Friday, three people were killed in three separate shootings, according to a Fox 6 Milwaukee report.

news week has contacted the Los Angeles Police Department and the Buffalo Police Department for comment.

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