Mass Shooting in Buffalo, NY


USA Today

The shooting took place at Tops Freindly Supermarket in Buffalo, NY.

Darya Grey, Reporter

A few days ago, a man was recently accused of killing about 10 people in Tops Friendly Market, a supermarket in Buffalo, NY. A police officer reported that the suspect stated he would continue his rampage and would even possibly go to another store.

The suspect, Payton S. Gendron, pleaded not guilty on Saturday for first degree murder. Gendron is now in custody without bail. If he is proven guilty, he will serve a lifetime sentence in prison.

More details have emerged about the 18-year-old white suspect. He was suspected of traveling two hundred miles from his home to kill these 10 people in the supermarket in a predominantly black neighborhood. All but two people who were killed were black. Police suspect this to be a hate crime.

“Straight-up racially motivated hate crime from somebody outside of our community,” Erie County Sheriff John Garcia said. “This was pure evil.” A few people were killed by the suspect in the supermarket parking lot before entering the building, including an armed security guard.

Members of the neighborhood and those whose family members were killed by Gendron have been grieving. “That could have been our mothers, our grandmothers, our aunts, our uncles,” she said. “And it was us. It was us.” says Kelly Galloway, whose family goes to the supermarket every Saturday morning.

Gendron not only killed about 10 people for no reason other than racism, he also live streamed his attack in the supermarket on Twitch.

New York governor Kathy Hochul announced that 2.8 million dollars would be donated to the victims and their families.