The 18-year-old man who allegedly shot and killed 10 people at a Buffalo supermarket Saturday afternoon was motivated by hate, authorities said.
The Tops Friendly Market where the shooting took place is located in the heart of Buffalo’s Black community and 11 of the 13 people shot by the White suspect were Black, officials said.
Authorities say when the suspect arrived at the store around 2:30 p.m., he was heavily armed, wearing tactical gear, and a helmet, and had a camera that was live streaming his actions.
The suspect used an assault weapon, Flynn said during the news conference.
Buffalo Shooter Arrested
The deadly shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo is now being investigated as a racially motivated hate crime.
The suspect, Payton S. Gendron, 18, shot 13 people on Saturday afternoon at a Tops supermarket in east Buffalo, killing 10, officials said.
Almost all the victims were Black shoppers, grocery workers, and a security guard bound together by little more than tragic happenstance.
The suspect was arrested moments after the shooting. Payton Gendron, 18, was charged with first-degree murder.
He pleads not guilty and will be back in court on Thursday. For now, officials say he’s on suicide watch. The FBI is investigating the mass shooting as a hate crime.