Buffalo Supermarket Shooting
Buffalo Police respond to a shooting at Tops Friendly Market in Buffalo, N.Y., Saturday. Photo: AP/Carolyn Thompson
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10 dead, suspect, 18, arrested in mass shooting at Buffalo supermarket

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By CAROLYN THOMPSON, MICHAEL BALSAMO and DAVE COLLINS

A gunman wearing military gear and livestreaming with a helmet camera opened fire with a rifle at a Buffalo, New York, supermarket in what authorities described as “racially motived violent extremism,” killing 10 people and wounding three others Saturday before he surrendered, authorities said.

Police officials said the gunman, who also wore body armor in addition to military-style clothing, pulled up in the afternoon and opened fire amid shoppers at a Tops Friendly Market, the shooting streamed via a camera affixed to the man's helmet.

“He exited his vehicle. He was very heavily armed. He had tactical gear. He had a tactical helmet on. He had a camera that he was livestreaming what he was doing,” city Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia said at a news conference afterward.

Gramaglia said the gunman initially shot four people outside the store, three fatally. Inside the store, a security guard who was a retired Buffalo police officer fired multiple shots at the gunman and struck him, but the bullet hit the gunman’s bulletproof vest and had no effect, Gramaglia added. The commissioner said the gunman then killed the security guard.

Video also captured the suspect as he walked into the supermarket where he shot several other victims inside, according to authorities.

Police said 11 of the victims were Black and two are white. The supermarket is in a predominantly Black neighborhood a few kilometers north of downtown Buffalo.

“This is the worst nightmare that any community can face, and we are hurting and we are seething right now,” Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said at the news conference. “The depth of pain that families are feeling and that all of us are feeling right now cannot even be explained.”

Gramaglia said Buffalo police entered the store and confronted the gunman in the vestibule.

“At that point the suspect put the gun to his own neck. Buffalo police personnel -- two patrol officers -- talked the suspect into dropping the gun. He dropped the gun, took off some of his tactical gear, surrendered at that point. And he was led outside, put in a police car,” he said.

The suspected gunman was later identified as Payton Gendron, 18, of Conklin, a New York state community about 320 kilometers southeast of Buffalo, two law enforcement officials told The Associated Press. The officials were not permitted to speak publicly on the matter and did so on the condition of anonymity.

The suspect was being questioned Saturday evening by the FBI, one of the officials said, and Conklin was expected to appear in court later Saturday.

At the news briefing, Erie County Sheriff John Garcia pointedly called the shooting a hate crime.

“This was pure evil. It was straight up racially motivated hate crime from somebody outside of our community, outside of the City of Good neighbors ... coming into our community and trying to inflict that evil upon us," Garcia said.

Elsewhere, NAACP President Derrick Johnson issued a statement in which he called the shooting “absolutely devastating."

“Our hearts are with the community and all who have been impacted by this terrible tragedy. Hate and racism have no place in America. We are shattered, extremely angered and praying for the victims’ families and loved ones," he added.

Separately, the Rev. Al Sharpton called on the White House to convene a meeting with Black, Jewish and Asian “to underscore the Federal government (is) escalating its efforts against hate crimes.” In a tweet, Sharpton said that “leaders of all these communities should stand together on this!”

The shooting came little more than a year after a March 2021 attack at a King Soopers grocery in Boulder, Colorado, that killed 10 people. Investigators have not released any information about why they believe the man charged in that attack targeted the supermarket.

At the scene in Buffalo on Saturday afternoon, police closed off an entire block, lined by spectators, and yellow police taped surrounded the full parking lot.

Braedyn Kephart and Shane Hill, both 20, pulled into the parking lot just as the shooter was exiting. They described him as a white male in his late teens or early twenties sporting full camo, a black helmet and what appeared to be a rifle.

“He was standing there with the gun to his chin. We were like what the heck is going on? Why does this kid have a gun to his face?" Kephart said. He dropped to his knees. “He ripped off his helmet, dropped his gun, and was tackled by the police.”

Tops Friendly Markets released a statement saying, “We are shocked and deeply saddened by this senseless act of violence and our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.”

At the White House, Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said President Joe Biden was receiving regular updates on the shooting and the investigation and had offered prayers with the first lady for the victims and their loved ones.

“The president has been briefed by his Homeland Security advisor on the horrific shooting in Buffalo, N.Y., this afternoon. He will continue to receive updates throughout the evening and tomorrow as further information develops," she said.

Attorney General Merrick Garland was briefed on the shooting, Justice Department spokesperson Anthony Coley said.

More than two hours after the shooting, Erica Pugh-Mathews was waiting outside the store, behind police tape.

“We would like to know the status of my aunt, my mother's sister. She was in there with her fiance, they separated and went to different aisles," she said. "A bullet barely missed him. He was able to hide in a freezer but he was not able to get to my aunt and does not know where she is. We just would like word either way if she’s OK.”


Associated Press reporters John Wawrow in Buffalo and Eric Tucker in Washington contributed to this report. Balsamo reported from Washington and Collins reported from Hartford, Connecticut.

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It can happen anywhere, at any time, to anyone in America. Living in constant danger with peaceful shoppers or schoolkids or diners potential targets when individuals lose it. This is the price they pay for gun freedom. Paid for with blood and lives by innocent bystanders so that others can have their guns. Crazy to everyone outside America, but just another day to Americans.

So nuts.

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This Gun freedom in america is completely out of control!

Too many idiots over there who enjoy to own and to use a gun.

Thanks God I am not living in America!

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I am sure facts will come out later, but if it's true it was a young person, it would be just another example of the 'people-carrying-guns' disease that is a pandemic in the USA. Seal the borders, do not let the disease spread beyond the 50 states. Gun-nuttery abounds throughout the country and yes, I am quite certain there are some gun owners who are not certifiably nuts, but as long as the guns and ammo industries remain so profitable that they can buy powerful political support and stifle any opposition (sounds like what is found in authoritarian regimes), expect the disease to kill more people.

RIP to those killed, condolences to their families and friends, heal quickly to those injured, and big thank you to the emergency personnel who were taken from their duties helping the peace loving members of the community so they could respond to yet one more violent assault by a most likely a psychologically deranged individual using a gun. And the NRA and most likely many others in the 4th branch of government continue their pushes to make getting guns of all sorts easier for more people. The US is suffering a disease found few other places in the world (beyond some poor nations south of its border), various empires especially those from Europe brought so many diseases with them to the Americas) and it looks like 'people-carrying-guns' disease could be terminal to the US.

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Can't wait to see what the NRA says this time ...

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How many more people need to be murdered by selfish monsters before America finally does something about this? Gun ownership needs to be curtailed.

Are these pointless killings, these wasted lives, are these really worth the "right to bear arms".

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There was an armed ex-cop working security. He engaged the shooter, and is now among the deceased.

@Jeans and Ts, Thanks for that. The good guy with a gun could end up a casualty, like that ex-cop, or end up in others being shot from his poorly aimed weapon. Too many US American have come to believe the movie myths, which were later pushed by the NRA and their supporters, of a John Wayne sort arriving at the last minute to save the day. What the NRA sorts want ignored was that in most of the movie cases the problems were started by a bad guy carrying and shooting a gun.

And do the hard core, my rights to carry guns sorts really believe you could take on the US military even with your legally modified guns. Or will you be asking for the right to bear nukes fired from submarines and dropped from the air so you can take on the state, claiming the founding fathers would have said nukes are OK for private militias and other violent gangs to have.

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Imagine no guns

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Imagine how bad things could get if one day civil war breaks out there. It would be madness.

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Just because of the selfish whim of some gun-loving fools and the domestic terrorist influence of the NRA, more than 40,000 people a year are paying with their lives.

To the epidemic of gun violence, add the epidemic of racism, the epidemic of drug addiction and the epidemic of social injustice, what mockery of a country will they have left?.. And they still think they are first world..

Thank God I don't live in that country..

Keep making the job easier for the Chinese Empire

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A manifesto online attributed to the shooter includes all the usual suspects- great replacement, mass immigration, anti-Semitism. It's modelled on similar manifestos written by other mass shooters who I choose not to name. In it he declares himself sane.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/heavy.com/news/

The link above includes the shooter's name so I deleted it.

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“Can’t wait to see what the NRA says this time …”

probably

NRA: A person armed with an ordinary butter knife could have easily killed just as many people.

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A white male so he was a gun loving patriot with mental health issues. If it were a black male it would have been a thug. If it were a brown male it would have been a terrorist. A yellow male would have meant a guy unhappy with his grades at school.

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Can’t wait to see what the NRA says this time …”

probably

NRA: A person armed with an ordinary butter knife could have easily killed just as many people.

You forgot "gunmen only target gun free zones" (The supermarket had an armed guard)

"a good guy with a gun..." (The armed, trained security guard was tragically killed)

And "criminals don't follow laws" (This shooter was previously unknown to law enforcement.)

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The fact that I don't even blink or blanch at news of shootings in the US anymore should be a sign that something is very wrong. Gun violence is so prevalent in the States that it's almost like, "welp. Day in the life of an American." What's it going to take for them to tighten then reins on gun control over there - when someone guns down an entire town?

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Another white supremacist showing their true colors.

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“No way to prevent this”

the Onion
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Just your typical day in the land of the 'free' and the home of the woke, nothing to see here.

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This is what happens when you replace CRT with racism from the barrel of a gun. Just another Ground Hog Day in the "Land of the Free" to own guns and think on the Right. As long as unscrupulous American politicians can continue to stuff ballot boxes with their lax gun laws the slaughter on the streets of America will continue to rob the lives of its citizenry and belie the country's claim to be a civilized society.

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Just your typical day in the land of the 'free' and the home of the woke, nothing to see here.

Maybe it IS time for people to "woke" up! Otherwise it's going to continue to be "wash-rinse-repeat"

America does NOT care about gun violence, mass shootings, or any of it!

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Something tells me this story will get a lot more attention than the subway shooter and the Christmas parade rammer and the many other mass shootings that have happened recently. It’s good, because I don’t think there’s enough room underneath the carpet. So let the wojacks seethe at the teeth for this exceptional occurrence when compared to the all the others.

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Endless violence, endlessly. The United States' staggering downward spiral into a Christian Fascist neo-feudal dystopia seems unstoppable.

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I’m expecting racially related problems to compound this summer and more as we approach November. It’s like clockwork.

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Hopes and prayers, now is not the time to be talking about gun control... you know how it goes.

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The problem is, the left always makes it about race when the shooter is white. 

I think you need to read a little more about this tragedy before commenting further.

But the short version is the shooter made it about race.

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Whattabout.

That’s what I thought, more duck and dodge.

I thought you were a fan.

I am am and this has nothing to do with this tragedy.

You understand that there has been one ‘replacement’ in US history.

No, and if you go by that and send everyone back to where they came from, it is not Mexico, it’s the US, don’t even start with that weak land conquest argument that everyone in the world is responsible for. That is just what people did. If you made in todays world you would have clear justification to make an excuse argument for what is happening by the hands of this administration, but you sadly don’t.

So you agree, this was racially motivated.

I’m not a liberal and I don’t jump to conclusions, I’ll wait for the facts to pan out first.

Not going to blame mental illness

We don’t know yet.

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I think you need to read a little more about this tragedy before commenting further.

I did, but thank you.

But the short version is the shooter made it about race.

And that means now that liberals can pin it on every conservatives or even white person? Again, if you have a racial, or political and bias gripe, then say it, but don’t make it the usual, I need to vent because I’m angry at all white people. Relax.

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But the short version is the shooter made it about race.

No one is denying that. The point is, so was the recent subway terrorist attack in Brooklyn, and possibly the Christmas parade rammer. The point is, when a black shooter targets white people, certain cohort hears “dog bites man”; but when a white shooter targets a black people, the same cohort hears “man bites dog”. That’s a problem because racism and hate in either direction should be equally condemned. But we all know that’s not the case, and that’s messed up.

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New York Gov. Kathy Hochul tweeted said she is "closely monitoring" the shooting at the Tops grocery store in Buffalo.

Thank God the Governor is”closely monitoring the situation”. At this point, what difference does that make? Police, first responders, etc. are handling the situation. Why do politicians think it makes us feel better if they are closely monitoring the situation? In most instances, things go a lot better if politicians just stay out of the way.

https://edition.cnn.com/us/live-news/buffalo-supermarket-mass-shooting/h_05ae001257179186ab3d95fd9e311bce

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The manifesto of the terrorist who killed today contains the following;

-He did chart of Jewish people and included a well-known journalist under "troll Jew"

-Rejection of Christianity

-An admission that he is "authoritarian left wing"

-Hybrid Nazi and "green nationalism"

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-An admission that he is "authoritarian left wing"

-Hybrid Nazi and "green nationalism"

Oxymoron at best! "Left wing Nazi!" First time for everything!

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10 dead, suspect arrested in mass shooting at US Buffalo supermarket:

Another so-called racially-motivated mass killing?

Call it what one may like, such shooting has become daily routine.

Many people are already immune to these 'news' in a crazy gun-trigger-happy nation..

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This is why right wing terrorism is the biggest threat to the US.

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This is why right wing terrorism is the biggest threat to the US.

Yep let’s just totally ignore that last 15 that weren’t related at all. 17 people were shot just today that are unrelated to your premise.

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This is the outcome of far right radicalization and nationalism that’s been skyrocketing since Trump’s endorsement of these ideas. This guy was brainwashed by Qanon and Fox News, just look at what he was writing about online for proof.

This radicalization is not harmless, there are real life consequences of letting these people breed online. They are no different than any other radicalized terrorist.

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Yep let’s just totally ignore that last 15 that weren’t related at all. 17 people were shot just today that are unrelated to your premise.

Inner city gang/gun violence is a problem. Racially and politically motivated gun violence is also a problem. They should both be addressed. Move on.

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Move on to what?

screaming MAGA, Tucker Carlson and far right like the usual suspects here?

it’s Joe Biden’s America. He gonna do anything while he has control of hit entire government?!

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Why are they parading out the NAACP guy so fast? If you didn't know better, you would think it was coordinated.

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An 18 years old getting all that tactical gear and weapons. Well done, 'murica.

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