A gunman motivated by hate and dressed in tactical gear killed 10 people and wounded three others Saturday afternoon at a Buffalo, New York, supermarket, officials said.
Officials said he streamed the attack on a social media platform.
The suspect, an 18-year-old white man dressed in tactical gear was taken into custody after shooting 13 people at the Tops Friendly Market supermarket, Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia said
The suspect is said to be from a distant part of the state and was live-streaming the shooting, Gramaglia said.
He will be arraigned on a charge of first-degree murder, local officials said.
“This was pure evil,” Erie County Sheriff John Garcia said at a news conference. “Straight up racially motivated, hate crime from somebody outside of our community — outside of the City of Good Neighbors, as the mayor said — coming into our community and trying to inflict evil upon us.”
Four store employees, including a security guard, were among the victims. Eleven of the shooting victims are Black, two are white, Gramaglia said.
Stephen Belongia, the FBI’s special agent in charge of the Buffalo area, said the case would be investigated as a hate crime and a tragedy of “racially motivated violent extremism.”
Three senior law enforcement officials identified the suspect as Payton Gendron.
The suspect appeared to have the N-word written or etched on one of the weapons, law enforcement sources said.
Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said the suspect “is not from this area and is from hours away and drove to Buffalo” to commit the crime.
“This is the worst nightmare that any community can face,” he said.
Brown said he had helped bring the Tops Friendly Market on Jefferson Avenue to the Black community and that many people he knew, as well as his own family, patronized the store.
A heavily armed man wearing tactical gear went to the store on Jefferson Avenue about 2:30 p.m. and opened fire in the parking lot. He fatally shot three people and wounded one before entering the store and continuing to shoot, Gramaglia said.
A security guard returned fire but because the suspect had on ballistic protection, the rounds didn’t appear to penetrate. The suspect returned fire and fatally shot the guard, the said.