BUFFALO, NY (WIVB) — Ten people were killed and three others suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were transported to local hospitals after a mass shooting at a supermarket on Buffalo’s East Side on Saturday afternoon.
The shooter was an 18-year-old white male who was heavily armed in tactical gear and was broadcasting live during the mass shooting, authorities said. City of Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said the shooter is not from Buffalo and traveled “hours” from outside the area.
“This was pure evil,” said Erie County Sheriff John Garcia. “A directly racially motivated hate crime.”
The shooter was identified in court Saturday night as Payton S. Gendron of Conklin, New York, about 200 miles southeast of Buffalo.
Gendron was arraigned on one count of first-degree murder without bail.
The 18-year-old will return to court Thursday at 9:30 a.m. for a felony hearing.
As Gendron got out of his vehicle at the supermarket, authorities said, he shot four people in the parking lot. Three of them died and one is in hospital. The shooter entered the store and opened fire on customers.
A retired Buffalo police officer, Aaron Salter, who was working as a security guard, shot Gendron, but he was unharmed because he was wearing armor, Gramaglia said. The retired officer was shot to death.
A law enforcement source told CBS News the shooter had a racial slur written on his gun. The attack is being treated as a hate crime.
Erie County District Attorney John Flynn will not confirm the existence of the shooter’s manifest. He said they believe there was a “racial component” to the attack, but he won’t say more.
This attack is being investigated by the FBI as a hate crime and violent extremism.
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz first tweeted confirming the shooting: “I have been made aware of an active event of multiple shootings at Tops Markets on Jefferson Street in Buffalo. The police are on scene. Please stay away from the area.”
The White House released this statement from President Joe Biden:
“The President has been briefed by his National Security Advisor about the horrific shooting in Buffalo, New York this afternoon. He will continue to receive updates tonight and tomorrow as more information develops. The President and First Lady are praying for those who have been lost and for their loved ones.”
New York State Governor Kathy Hochul tweeted saying it is monitoring the situation and has offered assistance to local police.
“I am closely following the shooting at a grocery store in Buffalo,” Governor Hochul said. “We have offered assistance to local officials. If you are in Buffalo, please avoid the area and follow the instructions of local law enforcement and officials.”
Erie County Sheriff’s Office tweeted This statement:
“The Erie County Sheriff’s Office wishes to convey its condolences to the family and friends of [today’s] shooting. Sheriff Garcia has directed that all available resources and personnel assist @BPDAlerts.”