Buffalo Supermarket Mass Shooting: On Saturday, a white supremacist shooter opened fire at a store in a Black area of Buffalo, New York, killing ten people and injuring three others.
The deliberate attack was the deadliest mass shooting in the United States so far this year, as well as the worst in Buffalo’s history, according to both Governor Kathy Hochul and President Joe Biden. Late Sunday, the victims’ identities were released.
What Actually Happened at Buffalo Supermarket?
On Saturday afternoon, an 18-year-old white gunman opened fire inside and outside a supermarket in a mostly Black Buffalo area, killing ten people and injuring three others. The gunman shot nearly everyone who was black. Half of those who died were 65 years old or older.
Payton Gendron, the gunman, opened fire at the Tops Friendly Market on Jefferson Avenue in the Masten Park neighbourhood on Buffalo’s East Side, about two miles north of downtown.
“This was heinous. “It was a racially motivated hate crime perpetrated by someone from outside our community… coming into our town and attempting to inflict that evil on us,” Erie County Sheriff John Garcia said on Saturday. Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown added, “This is the worst nightmare that any town can suffer, and we are grieving and angry right now.”
The gunman pulled up to the front of the supermarket around 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, got out of his car, and began shooting people in the parking lot, according to police. He was armed with a high-capacity magazine and a high-powered AR-15-style assault rifle.
Body armour and a helmet with a GoPro camera were also worn by the gunman, who utilised Twitch to webcast the incident.
The rounds were blocked by his body armour when an armed security guard, retired Buffalo police officer Aaron Salter, fired at the shooter. After shooting and killing Salter, the gunman entered the business and started his slaughter.
The gunman allegedly stated in a 180-page manifesto filled with racist, anti-immigrant, and anti-Semitic sentiments that he planned to kill as many Black people as he could, using the so-called “Great Replacement” notion prevalent among white nationalists.
According to the Buffalo News, a store clerk who was able to flee through the supermarket’s back exit said that she heard up to 70 gunfire. Those who couldn’t get out of the store attempted to hide from the shooter.
The gunman placed his rifle at his chin as responding police officers encountered him in the store’s entrance. Officers then persuaded him to lay down his weapon, after which he was tackled and arrested.
His automobile included a second rifle and a shotgun. Authorities have not stated how or when he got his guns as of Sunday evening. His assault rifle was emblazoned with a racist epithet and a number that most likely corresponded to a white supremacist slogan.
On Saturday, Gendron was charged with murder and held in detention without bail in Buffalo. On Thursday, he will appear in court again. He is also the subject of a federal hate-crime investigation. According to Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia, the gunman had been in Buffalo for at least a day prior to the incident, which is a three-hour, 200-mile journey from his home in Conklin, New York. “It appears that he came here to scope out the area, to conduct some reconnaissance work… before committing his just terrible, sickening deed,” he told ABC News.