BUFFALO, KOMPAS.com – The mass shooting in Buffalo, New York, United States killed 10 people on Saturday (14/5/2022), in an attack carried out by an 18-year-old man suspected of having racial motives.
The heavily armed man, who was wearing body armor and a helmet, was arrested after a mass shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo AS which was streamed live from his camera, Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia told a news conference as reported by AFP.
Gramaglia put the death toll at 10 people and three injured. Eleven of the victims were African-American.
The gunman shot four people in the parking lot of the Tops supermarket, three of whom died, then went inside and continued shooting, Gramaglia said.
Among those killed inside the shop was a retired police officer who worked as an armed security guard.
The guard “engaged with the suspect, fired several shots,” but the gunman shot him, Gramaglia said.
When police arrived, the shooter put a gun to his own neck, but was persuaded and eventually gave in, he added.
Stephen Belongia, the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Buffalo field office, told a news conference that the shooting was being investigated as a hate crime.
“We are investigating this incident as a hate crime and a case of racially motivated violent extremism,” Belongia said.
Erie County Sheriff John Garcia described the attack as a “pure crime.”