Law enforcement investigating Buffalo mass shooting as hate crime

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Ten people are dead after a mass shooting in a Tops Supermarket in Buffalo, New York, Buffalo Police commissioner Joseph Gramaglia said at a press conference.

Driving the news: Erie County Sheriff John Garcia called the attack a "straight-up racially motivated hate crime" after the alleged shooter, an 18-year-old white man, drove from "hours away" in tactical gear and opened fire in the store in a predominantly Black neighborhood of Buffalo on Saturday afternoon.

  • The U.S. attorney for the Western District of New York Trini Ross said the shooting would be investigated as a hate crime.

Buffalo police said the shooter was in custody and would be arraigned soon. Police would not say where the suspect was from, just that he was from a "county in New York" far away from Buffalo.

  • Law enforcement confirmed the suspect was livestreaming the shooting.
  • 13 people in total were shot, 3 of whom are expected to survive. Eleven of the 13 people were Black, police said.
  • Tops operations manager Shonnell Harris told the Buffalo News that the shooter was a white man wearing camouflage. "He looked like he was in the Army," Harris said.
  • Police said a security guard fired at the shooter as he entered the store but due to the shooter's body armor, the bullet did was not able to stop him. The security guard, described by police as "beloved," was later killed.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said President Biden had been briefed on the shooting.

Editor's note: This is a developing story and will be updated....

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