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A gunman killed 10 people in a supermarket in Buffalo, NY: NPR

A gunman shot dead 13 people, killing 10, in a Buffalo supermarket in what authorities say was a racially motivated hate crime.

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A gunman shot dead 13 people, killing 10, in a Buffalo supermarket in what authorities say was a racially motivated hate crime.

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A gunman wearing military-style clothing and body armor opened fire with a rifle at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, killing 10 people in a shootout as officials investigate a crime of racially motivated hatred.

The suspected gunman, who streamed the attack live online, was charged with first-degree murder hours after his arrest, law enforcement officials said.

A total of 13 people were shot dead at Tops Friendly Market on Saturday afternoon, officials said at a news conference. Of the 13 victims, four were store employees, including a security guard, and the others were customers. Eleven of the victims were black and two white, Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia said.

“It was a straight-up, racially motivated hate crime,” Erie County Sheriff John Garcia said. “It was pure evil.”

New York Governor Kathy Hochul called the shooter “a white supremacist who engaged in an act of terrorism.”

A public information officer with the Erie County District Attorney’s office named the suspect as 18-year-old Payton S. Gendron, who is white. WBFO reports that he is from Conklin, NY, a community southeast of Binghamton that is more than a 3-hour drive from Buffalo.

If convicted, a charge of first-degree murder carries a sentence of life in prison without parole, Erie County District Attorney John Flynn said at a Saturday briefing. evening.

The suspect pleaded not guilty and was held without bond. He is due to appear in court on Thursday.

Stephen Belongia, the FBI special agent in charge of the Buffalo field office, said the agency was investigating the shooting as a hate crime and “an example of racially motivated violent extremism.” Federal authorities are also investigating possible terrorism charges.

How the attack happened

Filming began at 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time outside the supermarket, located in a predominantly black neighborhood about 3 miles north of downtown Buffalo.

The shooter opened fire with an assault rifle, shooting four people in the parking lot, law enforcement officials said. Three of these people died.

After the shooter forced his way into the store, the security guard, a retired police officer, confronted the shooter. The suspect then shot and killed the security guard.

The suspect was later confronted by police outside the store. He briefly held a gun to his neck, but police said they convinced him to drop his guns and turn himself in.

A crowd gathers as police investigate a supermarket shooting Saturday in Buffalo, NY

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The attack was broadcast live online

The shooter broadcast the incident live on the Twitch platform, according to a company spokeswoman. Twitch said the stream was taken offline less than 2 minutes after the violence began and suspended the user from the service indefinitely.

Hochul asked how the violent attack could be broadcast live for as long as it was.

“Social media platforms that profit from their existence must be responsible for monitoring and surveillance, knowing that they can be in some way complicit in a crime like this, perhaps not legally but morally”, said the governor.

The streaming platform did not specify how many viewers the live stream received, but the company said it monitors the platform for replays of all parts of the graphic footage, which violates its rules against violence streaming.

“We are devastated to learn of the shooting that took place this afternoon in Buffalo, New York. Our hearts go out to the community affected by this tragedy,” said Twitch spokesperson Samantha Faught.

The White House said President Biden had been briefed on the shooting and would continue to receive updates.

“The President and the First Lady are praying for those who are lost and for their loved ones,” press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said in a statement.

Speaking to NPR All things ConsideredBuffalo Mayor Byron Brown said the investigation is ongoing and many Buffalo residents are in mourning.

“Collectively, our community is heartbroken and in pain at this point,” he said. “I know a number of victims and I know a number of families involved. A lot of people in our community are affected by this in one way or another.”