A heavily armed man dressed in combat gear opened fire on Saturday May 14 in a supermarket in the city of Buffalo, New York, killing at least 10 people and injuring three. He was quickly arrested by the police, according to local authorities.
The assailant, an 18-year-old young man whose identity has not yet been revealed, is said to have traveled long hours from another county in this state to get to this Tops supermarket. According to local authorities, he broadcast the massacre live using a camera positioned on the helmet he was wearing.
Buffalo Police Chief Joseph Gramaglia said the suspected killer first shot four people in the supermarket parking lot, killing three, before entering the business. There, a security guard, a former retired policeman, shot the assailant but the latter, protected by his bulletproof vest, was not injured and shot the guard.
When police arrived at the scene in mid-afternoon, the gunman aimed his gun at him at the neck but eventually surrendered to law enforcement, according to Commissioner Gramaglia. “It is a day of great pain for our community”said Buffalo Mayor Bryon Brown. “Many of us have been to this supermarket often. We cannot let this hateful person divide our community or our country. »
The trail of a racist crime
According to Erie County Sheriff John Garcia, the killer’s motive was racist. “It was absolute evil”, he said during a press conference. “It was clearly a racist hate crime. » The supermarket is in a neighborhood populated mostly by African Americans. Authorities say among the 13 victims were eleven black people and two white people.
The assailant, who was carrying a camera, began to broadcast his crime on the Twitch platform, which declared itself ” devastated “ and promised a “zero tolerance against all forms of violence”. The social network said the attacker’s account had been “permanently suspended” and that it “monitored all accounts likely to repost this content.
American media have also mentioned a ” manifest “ of a racist nature that would have been disseminated on the internet and social networks, as is often the case in crimes committed by white supremacists. In front of the press, local county prosecutor John Flynn has already announced that the suspect will be charged with premeditated murder.
The FBI took over the investigation. “We are investigating this incident as both a hate crime and a case of racially motivated violent extremism”said Stephen Belongia, special agent in charge of the Buffalo office of the FBI, during a press conference.