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May 20, 2022

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‘Pure evil’: At least 10 dead, 3 injured in ‘racially motivated’ attack at Buffalo supermarket

Ten people were killed and three others injured in a “racially motivated” shooting at a supermarket in a predominantly Black neighborhood in Buffalo, New York, authorities said. 

Officials said the suspected gunman, a white 18-year-old man, traveled several hours to Buffalo to carry out the attack, which he livestreamed on social media. Eleven of the 13 people who were shot were Black, Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia said at a news conference.

The suspect was taken into custody after the attack, Gramaglia added. 

“This was pure evil,” Erie County Sheriff John Garcia said. “It was a straight-up racially motivated hate crime from somebody outside of our community.”

Gramaglia said the gunman was wearing tactical gear and was armed with an assault-styled rifle. He parked outside the Tops Friendly Market around 2:30 p.m. ET and opened fire in the parking lot, killing three people and injuring a fourth. He then went inside and continued his rampage, Gramaglia said.