© Reuters. Cops safe the scene after a capturing at TOPS grocery store in Buffalo, New York, U.S. Could 14, 2022. REUTERS/Jeffrey T. Barnes REFILE – CORRECTING DATE
(Reuters) -An 18-year-old white gunman shot 10 individuals to loss of life and wounded three others at a grocery retailer in a Black neighborhood of Buffalo, New York, earlier than surrendering to authorities, who known as it a hate crime and an act of “racially motivated violent extremism.”
Authorities mentioned the suspect, who was armed with an assault-style rifle and appeared to have acted alone, drove to Buffalo from his residence in a New York county “hours away” to focus on the shop in an assault he broadcast on the web. Eleven of the 13 individuals struck by gunfire have been Black, officers mentioned.
The suspect, who was not instantly named by police, was closely armed and wearing tactical gear, together with physique armor, police mentioned.
When confronted by officers in a vestibule of the shop, the suspect held a gun to his personal neck however they talked him into dropping the weapon and surrendering, Buffalo police commissioner Joseph Gramaglia informed a information briefing.
Gramaglia mentioned the gunman initially exchanged hearth with a former police officer working as a safety guard for the shop, however the suspect was protected by his physique armor.
The guard was one of many 10 individuals shot to loss of life within the incident. Three others have been wounded however are anticipated to outlive, authorities mentioned.
Stephen Belongia, the FBI particular agent accountable for the bureau’s Buffalo discipline workplace, mentioned the assault can be investigated each as a hate crime and as an act of “racially motivated violent extremism” beneath federal regulation.
“It is a day of nice ache for our neighborhood,” Buffalo Mayor Bryon Brown informed reporters. “Many people have been out and in of this grocery store many instances. … We can’t let this hateful individual divide our neighborhood or our nation.”