A recent shooting has occurred and has been all over the media. An 18-year-old boy who has shot and killed 10 people this past Saturday, May 14th, in Buffalo, New York, was motivated by hate and racism, authorities said, targeting a demographic of black people in a supermarket.
Out of 13 people shot by the White suspect at the Tops Friendly Market 10 were Black, officials said. Among the victims, who range in age from 20 to 86, were people who were doing routine grocery shopping, a heroic former police officer who tried to stop the gunman, a long-term substitute teacher, and a taxi driver who "took pride in helping people."
"This was pure evil," Erie County Sheriff John Garcia said, calling the shooting a "straight-up racially motivated hate crime from somebody outside of our community." The US Department of Justice is now investigating the shooting, stating it to be " a hate crime and an act of racially motivated violent extremism," according to Attorney General Merrick Garland.
Payton S. Gendron of Conklin, New York, is charged with first-degree murder, Erie County District Attorney John Flynn said in a Saturday news release. He has pleaded not guilty, and more charges are expected. Gendron's defense attorney told CNN on Tuesday he is not issuing a statement now.
When the 18-year-old boy arrived at the store around 2:30 p.m, he was heavily armed, wearing tactical gear -- including a helmet along with plated armor, Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia said -- and had a camera that was live streaming everything he was doing.
He used an assault weapon, as you can see in the live stream, Flynn said during his news conference.
When the suspect got out of his car he shot four people that were outside of the grocery store, three were fatal. When he entered the store, he started to shoot at an armed security guard, who authorities said was a retired Buffalo police officer. The security guard died of his injuries. The suspect shot eight more people in the store, six were dead, the release said. When the police arrived and he was confronted by them, he took off his tactical gear and surrendered.
The young boy was planning to continue his shooting rampage beyond the Tops supermarket, Gramaglia told CNN on Monday, saying there was "some documentation" he allegedly planned to target "another large superstore."
"There was evidence that was uncovered that he had plans, had he gotten out of here, to continue his rampage and continue shooting people," he said.
The suspect made very disturbing and outrageous statements describing his motive and state of mind during his arrest. Those statements were clear and filled with hate toward the Black community, with the alleged shooter making it known he was targeting Black people, the official said.