An 18 -year -old heavily armed white man shot dead 10 people Saturday at a Buffalo, New York grocery store in a “racist -motivated” attack that was broadcast live on camera, authorities said.
The gunman, who was wearing a helmet and tactical equipment, was arrested after the massacre, Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia said at a news conference.
Gramaglia put the death toll at 10 people and three injured. Police said most of the victims were black.
The gunman first shot four people in the parking lot of the Tops supermarket, three of whom died, then went inside and continued firing, Gramaglia said.
Among those killed inside the store was a retired police officer who worked as an armed security guard.
The guard “involved the suspect, firing several das of shots,” but the gunman – who was covered by body armor – shot him, Gramaglia said.
When police arrived, the shooter put a gun to his neck, but was tried and eventually surrendered, he added.
Stephen Belongia, a special agent in charge of the FBI’s Buffalo field office, told a news conference that the shooting was being investigated as a hate crime.
“We are investigating this incident as a hate crime and a case of racistly motivated violent extremism,” Belongia said.
Eerie County Sheriff John Garcia described the attack as “pure crime.”
“It’s a racially motivated hate crime from someone outside our community,” he said.
‘A very painful day’
John Flynn, district attorney for Eerie County, where Buffalo is located, said the suspect will be arraigned on first -degree murder charges, which carry a life sentence without parole.
Byron Brown, the mayor of Buffalo-located in western New York, along the U.S. border with Canada-said the shooters “walked for hours from outside this community to commit this crime.”
“This is a day of great pain for our community,” Brown said.
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said U.S. President Joe Biden had been briefed on the “horrific shooting.”
Biden “will continue to receive updates throughout the afternoon and tomorrow as more information develops. The president and first ladies pray for those who have gone missing and for their loved ones,” Jean-Pierre added.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a senior U.S. senator from New York, said in a tweet: “We stand with the people of Buffalo.”
New York Governor Kathy Hochul also tweeted that she was monitoring the situation, and asked people in Buffalo to “avoid the area and follow guidance from law enforcement and local officials.”
Last month, a “sniper -type” shooter opened fire in an upscale neighborhood in Washington, injuring four people before killing himself.
Police suspect that the graphic video of the shooting that was distributed online shortly thereafter was recorded by the shooter himself, but have not yet confirmed the authenticity or whether it was broadcast live.
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