– 10 killed and 3 injured
Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia speaks during a press conference after 10 people were killed during a mass shooting at a Tops grocery story in Buffalo. Photo courtesy Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown/Facebook
May 14 (UPI) — A suspect has been arrested after fatally shooting 10 people, including a beloved retired police officer working as a security guard, and injuring three others at a Tops grocery store in Buffalo, New York, officials said Saturday.
” This was pure evil. It was a straight-up racially motivated hate crime,” Erie County Sheriff John Garcia said during a press conference. According to FBI officials, the mass shooting is being investigated as hate crime.
Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia said that the suspect, an 18-year-old White man who was not identified, stormed the store wearing tactical gear around 2: 30 p.m.
Gramaglia stated that the suspect isn’t a Buffalo resident and had driven for hours in order to carry out the attack which he live-streamed. He added that 11 of the 13 total victims are Black and two are White.
” The individual got out of his car and shot four people in the lot,” Gramaglia stated. Three of the victims were killed, and one survived.
The suspect entered the store and began shooting at customers, Gramaglia stated.
” One of the people inside the store was a security guard. He is a loved security guard and a retired Buffalo officer.
Gramaglia stated that the guards “hit the suspect”, but were unable to stop him due to the “heavy armored plate” he was wearing.
” The suspect approached our retired officer, and he was eventually shot and killed on the spot. “
After killing the security guard the suspect “worked back to the front” of the store where he was engaged and questioned by responding officers.
” At that point, the suspect placed the gun to his neck,” Gramaglia stated.
“Two police officers convinced the suspect to drop the gun. He took off his tactical gear and surrendered. The suspect was then led outside and taken in a car.
Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown described the incident as “the worst nightmare any community can face” during a press conference.
” We are in pain and are seeingthing as a community. Brown stated that it is impossible to explain the pain families and all of us feel right now.
Brown stated that he helped bring the Topssupermarket to Buffalo, and that he and the family frequently shop at the store.
” The shooter wasn’t from this community,” Brown stated. “In fact, the shooter traveled from far away to inflict this crime on the citizens of Buffalo. This was at a time when the sun was shining and people were enjoying their day. “
The mayor added that officials had received calls from the Whit