Authorities said the gunman, 18, was armed with an assault-style rifle and appeared to have acted alone . He drove to Buffalo from his home in a New York county hours away to launch a Saturday afternoon assault .
Authorities said an 18-year-old white gunman shot 10 people to death and injured three others at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York, before surrendering after a act of racially motivated violent extremism, according to authorities.The suspect, who was armed with an assault-style rifle and appeared to have acted alone, drove to Buffalo from his home in a New York county hours away to launch a Saturday afternoon assault that he broadcast on the internet.The other two were white.Police said the suspect, who was not named by authorities, was heavily armed and dressed in tactical clothes, including body armor, but they talked him into dropping the gun and surrendering, according to Buffalo police commissioner Joseph Gramaglia.Authorities said three other employees of the store, which is part of a national chain, were shot and injured, but they were able to recover.Shonnell Harris, a Tops manager, told the Buffalo News that she believed she heard up to 70 bullets and that she fell several times as she approached the store's rear exit.She said he looked like he was in the Army and that she saw him shoot this woman, according to nearby firefighter Katherine Crofton.She was just in the store.And then he assaulted another woman. I got down because I didn't know if he was going to shoot me, according to Erie County Sheriff John Garcia, the FBI special agent in charge of the bureaus Buffalo field office.The attack was categorized as a hate crime and as an act of racially motivated violent extremism under federal law.Officials said it was a straight-up racially motivated hate crime committed by someone outside of our neighborhood.Officials said it was going to be his first court appearance by the end of the day to face murder charges. Many of us have been to and out of this grocery store on numerous occasions.We must not allow this vile tyrant to divide our community or our country, writes Benbow.On Twitter, US Senator Jerry Nadler, a New York Democrat and chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said the assault seemed to be the work of a violent white supremacist.