Firing in a US supermarket, ten killed

Buffalo: An 18-year-old white man dressed in an army uniform opened fire with a rifle at a supermarket in the US city of Buffalo on Saturday. At least 10 people died in the attack, while three others were injured. Officials have called it ‘violent extremism motivated by racial sentiment’. He told that the attacker was […]
 


Firing in a US supermarket, ten killed

Buffalo: An 18-year-old white man dressed in an army uniform opened fire with a rifle at a supermarket in the US city of Buffalo on Saturday. At least 10 people died in the attack, while three others were injured. Officials have called it ‘violent extremism motivated by racial sentiment’. He told that the attacker was wearing a shield in the form of a shield. He was also wearing a helmet, on which he broadcast the incident live with a camera mounted on it.

According to reports, the attacker targeted mostly black buyers and employees in Tops Friendly Market. He broadcast the shootout on the streaming platform Twitch for at least two minutes. However, this platform immediately stopped its broadcast. According to police, the attacker shot 11 black and two white men before surrendering. He later appeared before a judge and was arrested on charges of murder.

Governor Kathy Hochul said, “I hope this man, this white supremacist who has committed a hate crime against an innocent community, will spend the rest of his life behind bars.” The attacker has been identified as Patton Gendron, a resident of Conklin, New York, about 320 kilometers southeast of Buffalo. It is not yet clear why he came to Buffalo from Gendron Conklin to carry out the attack. In a post released on social media, he can be seen reaching the supermarket in his car.

Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia said the attacker shot four people outside the store. In response, a security guard inside the store fired several shots and one bullet hit the gunman’s bulletproof jacket, which did not affect him. This security guard is a retired police officer of the Buffalo Police. According to the commissioner, the attacker then shot dead the security guard and started firing at other people in the store.

“It’s one of the worst dreams any community can have and we are deeply hurt right now,” Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said at a news conference. The pain that the families of the victims and all of us are feeling right now cannot be described in words. According to reports, the police confronted the attacker after reaching the store. Gramaglia said, at that time the attacker had pointed a rifle to his own neck. After this two officers asked him to put down the rifle.

Earlier, at a news conference, Erie County Sheriff John Garcia called the shooting a “hate crime”. He said, this is a completely hostile act. This is a racially motivated hate crime by someone outside our community. In March last year, 10 people were killed in a similar attack at King Super’s grocery in Boulder, Colorado. Meanwhile, White House Press Secretary Carine Jean-Pierre said that President Joe Biden is getting regular information on the incident and related investigations. He and First Lady Jill Biden have offered condolences to the victims and their families.