Eleven of the people who were shot at the Tops Friendly Markets store were black, and authorities say they believe the mass shooting was racially motivated. The victims included a former Buffalo police lieutenant working as a security guard and the mother of Buffalo’s retired fire marshal, Mayor Byron Brown said.

The shooting was a “racially motivated hate crime committed by someone outside of our community,” Erie County Sheriff John C. Garcia said Saturday. “It was pure evil.”

Two people remain hospitalized in stable condition, an Erie County Medical Center spokesperson told CNN on Saturday night, and a third injured person has been released.

The heavily armed suspect, Payton S. Gendron, eventually surrendered to police and was taken into custody. He had broadcast live while he carried out the shooting, police said.

Gendron was charged with first-degree murder, prosecutors said, and he pleaded not guilty in court Saturday night, Buffalo District Court Chief Judge Craig Hannah told CNN.

The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating the shooting “as a hate crime and an act of racially motivated violent extremism,” according to a statement from U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland.

The attack was the deadliest mass shooting of the year. There have been at least 198 mass shootings so far this year in the United States, according to the Gun Violence Archive, which, like CNN, defines a mass shooting as four or more people shot, not including the shooter. Obtaining consistent data on the state of gun violence is difficult, leaving organizations such as the Gun Violence Archive to fill in the gaps.

How did the filming go

At around 2:30 p.m., authorities say the suspect — from the town of Conklin, a three-and-a-half-hour drive from Buffalo — went to Tops Friendly Markets near the Masten Park and Kingsley neighborhoods, which are mostly residents. black neighborhoods.

Wearing tactical gear and armed with an “assault weapon,” the suspect allegedly shot and killed three people in the parking lot and injured a fourth, according to a statement from Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn.

The suspect then entered the store and exchanged fire with an armed security guard, who was a retired member of the Buffalo Police Department, the district attorney said.

However, because the suspect was wearing heavy tactical gear, the guard’s bullets had no effect, Gramaglia said on Saturday.

“He was very heavily armed,” the police commissioner said. “He had tactical gear, he had a tactical helmet, he had a camera that he was live streaming what he was doing.”

Inside the store, nine people were shot before the suspect was apprehended by police, with the caretaker and six others dying of their injuries, according to the district attorney’s statement.

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In a statement sent to CNN, live-streaming service Twitch confirmed the footage was broadcast and said the user “has been indefinitely suspended from our service, and we are taking all appropriate action, including monitoring of any account reposting this content”.

CNN obtained part of the live stream showing the suspect arriving at the supermarket in his vehicle. CNN is not broadcasting the video.
Grady Lewis said he was outside the supermarket when he heard seven or eight shots and saw a white man in tactical gear spraying gunfire at the entrance to the store. Law enforcement arrived within two minutes of the start of the shooting, Lewis told CNN affiliate WKBW. He “heard at least twenty shots” before the suspect left the store.

“He got out, he put the gun to his head, to his chin. Then he dropped it and took off his bulletproof vest, then got on all fours and put his hands behind his back “said Lewis, describing the times the suspect was arrested by police. “I thought they were going to shoot him but they didn’t shoot him.”

“I still don’t believe it happened…that a person walked into a supermarket full of people,” he said. “It was awful, it was really awful.”

Authorities are investigating a shooting as a hate crime

After the shooting, investigators obtained “some evidence” that “indicates some racial animosity” from the suspect, Flynn said at a Saturday news conference.

“I’m not going to… elaborate on what exactly they are right now, but we have evidence in custody right now that shows there is a racial component to it,” Flynn said.

What we know about Buffalo supermarket shooting suspect Payton Gendron
Investigators are reviewing an alleged 180-page manifesto that was posted online in connection with the shooting, two federal law enforcement sources told CNN.

The manifesto, independently obtained by CNN shortly after the attack and before authorities released the suspect’s name, was allegedly written by a person claiming to be Payton Gendron confessing to the attack.

The author of the manifesto says he bought ammunition for a while but did not take planning for the attack seriously until January. The author continues on his perceptions of the shrinking size of the white population and claims of white ethnic and cultural replacement, and describes himself as a fascist, white supremacist and anti-Semite.

Additional charges can be filed alongside the first-degree murder charge, Flynn said, and the suspect faces a maximum of life in prison without parole if convicted.

Nation and community react to shooting

Passers-by gather under an umbrella as the rain pours after a supermarket shooting in Buffalo on Saturday.

President Joe Biden condemned the shooting in a statement Saturday night and said he mourned the families of those lost.

“We still need to know more about the motivation for today’s shooting as law enforcement does their job, but we don’t need anything else to state a clear moral truth. : a racially motivated hate crime is abhorrent to the very fabric of this nation,” he said. “Hate must have no safe harbor.”

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

Speaking about the alleged motive for the shooting, Darius G. Pridgen — the Buffalo City Council president and senior pastor of True Bethel Baptist Church — told CNN’s Pamela Brown that he hopes it’s understood that the relationship racial lines in the city have not been unraveled and that the shooting was the act of an “evil” individual outside the community.

“The same way I don’t want to see black people painted with a wide brush if we have a black person (doing bad), they’re like, ‘Oh, those black people. So at the end of the day, I don’t want to see the same thing happen in our community with black and white relations,” Pridgen said.

“He wasn’t a Buffalo White. He was a White who was bad, so I don’t want to see all the Whites painted and have tension between Blacks and Whites because of which individual should serve his sadness. “

CNN’s Samantha Beech, Tina Burnside, Haley Burton, Gregory Clary, Phil Gast, Jamiel Lynch, Christina Maxouris, Artemis Moshtaghian, Sharif Paget, Shimon Prokupecz, Sabrina Shulman, Brian Stelter and Emma Tucker contributed to this report.