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Buffalo Police Department arrived on the scene of a Tops supermarket after reports of an active shooter. Ten people died, and three were injured. The shooter entered the supermarket at about 2:30 p.m. and fired multiple shots from a rifle. The mass shooter is in police custody. In a tweet from the Buffalo Police Department, they urge motorists and residents to stay clear of the area. The Tops supermarket is located on the 1200 block of Jefferson Avenue.
Buffalo Press Conference about Shooter
The Buffalo Police Department held a press conference shortly after the shooter was apprehended. Buffalo Mayor, Byron Brown, started the conference by saying that the day was wonderful until the tragic shooting.
The perpetrator is an 18-year-old white male who is not from the area, Joseph Gramaglia, the police commissioner of Buffalo New York, revealed in the press conference. Gramaglia stated that the shooter was heavily armed with tactical gear. The perpetrator was live-streaming the event as he committed the mass shooting. He shot four people in the parking lot shortly after leaving his car. Three of those individuals were pronounced dead on the scene.
The 18-year-old walked into the store and immediately continued his rampage. One of the victims, a retired Buffalo police officer working as a security guard at the Tops supermarket, engaged the shooter. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Shortly after, the Buffalo police entered the supermarket and engaged with the shooter. The suspect held his own gun to his neck but the police were able to talk him into putting his weapon down and took him into custody. Erie County Sheriff John Garcia said in the press conference that this was a racially motivated hate crime
This is the second mass shooting event in 2022 in the United States. In 2021, there were six mass shootings throughout the United States, according to Statista. Between the years 2000 and 2018, there were 277 active shooters according to the Federal Bureau of Investigations. These 277 active shooter events included, 2,430 killed and wounded people. Eight hundred and eighty-four of them were killed and 1,546 were wounded. 121 of these events happened at commerce buildings.
By Ronnie J. Acosta
ABC News: As many as 8 dead in mass shooting at upstate New York supermarket: Law enforcement source; by Meredith Deliso, Aaron Katersky, and Josh Margolin
Statista: Number of mass shootings in the United States between 1982 and February 2022; by Statista Research Department
FBI: Quick Look: 277 Active Shooter Incidents in the United States From 2000 to 2018
Press Conference: May 14, 2022