BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Buffalo grocery retailer the placein a mass shooting Saturday stays closed as an lively crime scene.
The 18-year-old suspect was arraigned inside hours of the shooting. He faces first-degree homicide prices and has pleaded not guilty. Police stated he was motivated by hate, CBS2’s Kevin Rincon reported.
The solar was out and the parking zone was full of people that got here to do their weekend grocery purchasing. But that modified in a matter of seconds.
Police stated the suspect arrived with an assault rifle and wore full tactical gear. He allegedly shot and killed 4 folks exterior the shop earlier than going inside.
“It was a beautiful day until the guy came with the army suit,” witness Grady Lewis stated.
As the suspect began shooting, a safety officer – a retired Buffalo police officer – got here out to try to cease him, cops stated. He shot the suspect, however hit his bulletproof vest. The suspect fired again, killing a person so well-known on this neighborhood.
As police from throughout closed in on the alleged shooter, he virtually took his personal life.
(*3*) Lewis stated.
(*10*) are looking through a hate-filled manifesto that is laced with racist language. Of the 13 folks shot, 11 had been Black.
“The should never happen to anyone in any community. It surely shouldn’t happen on a beautiful Saturday when people are just shopping and going through normal life events,” stated Trini Ross, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of New York.
Many in the neighborhood are feeling anger and ache.
“This is the worst nightmare that any community can face,” Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown stated. “The depth of pain that families are feeling and that all of us are feeling right now cannot even be explained.”
“To see that sense of security shattered, by an individual, a white supremacist, who has engaged in an act of terrorism, and will be prosecuted as such, in a cold-hearted, cruel, calculating way,” Gov. Kathy Hochul stated.
“This was pure evil. It was straight up racially motivated hate crime,” Erie County Sheriff John Garcia stated.
Members of the neighborhood have left flowers on the road exterior the shop to pay respect to those that died.