An 18-year-old male suspect has been detained after a mass shooting at a Tops supermarket in Buffalo, New York on Saturday. In this incident, the gunman shot at least 13 people and killed 10 people. Police called this a “racial hate crime.” “
According to officials, the suspect wore ‘tactical equipment’ and broadcast the shooting live. The Associated Press reported that he posted the declaration online, citing investigators who warned that the investigation was in preliminary stages.
The suspect arrived at the supermarket after 2:30 p.m. EST, shot four people in the parking lot, killing three, then entered the store and fired multiple shots.
Erie County Sheriff John Garcia said the shooting was “pure evil” and “a hate crime racially motivated by someone outside of our community.”
“This is the worst nightmare any community can face,” Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said at a press conference on Saturday evening. “We are sick and seething.”
11 of the 13 shooting victims were black, officials said on Saturday.
Ten people were killed and three were seriously injured.
According to the mayor, the suspect was not from Buffalo but “traveled for hours” from another county in the state to “perpetrate this crime against the people of Buffalo.”
One of the victims, a retired Buffalo police officer who works as a security guard in the store, opened fire on the suspect, but was unable to deter the suspect because he was wearing body armor.
Later, two police officers persuaded the suspects to drop their weapons and surrender.
A Top Market employee who identified himself as Will G said: Buffalo News The fact that he hid with people in the supermarket’s large refrigerator when gunfire rang out in the store.
“I just heard gunshots. Shot and shot and shot,” he told the outlet. “I heard the sound of things collapsing… I hid. I just hid. I wasn’t going to leave the room.”
The market at the intersection of Jefferson Avenue and Riley Street in Buffalo, New York’s second largest city, is in a mostly residential area about three miles north of the city’s downtown and is predominantly black.
Topsmarket said in a statement, “I am shocked and deeply saddened by this reckless act of violence. I think and pray with the victims and their families.”
U.S. Attorney Merrick Garland was briefed about the shooting, according to a spokesman for the Justice Department.
New York Governor Kathy Hochul is “closely monitoring” the incident and has advised residents to avoid the area.
A statement from the Erie County Sheriff’s Office expresses “condolences to family and friends” of the victims. New York Attorney General Letitia James said: “The whole of New York is with Buffalo after the tragic massacre.”
US Representative Brian Higgins, who represents Buffalo in the House of Representatives, said the report was “terrible” and provided federal aid to local authorities when needed.
Local police, New York State police and the FBI are investigating the shooting.
Authorities say the shooting suspect could face up to life in prison for murder.