Ten people were killed and three others injured in a shooting Saturday at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York, local authorities said.
Erie County Sheriff John Garcia called the attack a ‘racially motivated hate crime’ after the alleged shooter, an 18-year-old white man, drove ‘several hours’ in tactical gear before to open fire at the store in a predominantly black neighborhood of Buffalo on Saturday afternoon.
Of the 13 victims of this shooting, 11 were black, local authorities said.
The shooter, who was apprehended, broadcast the attack live on social media platform.
Three senior law enforcement officials identified the suspect as Payton Gendron. He will be charged with first-degree murder, local authorities said.
“It’s pure evil,” Sheriff Garcia said at a press conference. “A pure and simple racial hate crime,” he lamented.