An 86-year-old woman was among the victims shot dead in the racially motivated attack
Police have released the names of the victims of a mass shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York.
The incident, which killed 10 people and injured others, took place on May 14 and marks one of the deadliest mass shootings in the United States that year.
Police arrested suspect Payton Gendron, 18, shortly after the attack began at Tops Friendly Market.
Officials said they believe the mass shooting was racially motivated, with Gendron reported to authorities before the attack.
Who Was Killed in the Buffalo Mass Shooting?
A total of 10 people were killed after being shot in the attack.
The gunman entered the supermarket with a rifle and a camera attached to his helmet.
The attack was live streamed on Twitch for two minutes before disconnecting.
The ages of those killed ranged from 32 to 86, and among the victims were a former police officer, a woman who helped feed the poor and a community activist.
Roberta A Drury, 32
Ms. Drury moved to Buffalo shortly before her fatal grocery store shooting. She had moved to the area to be closer to her brother after he underwent a bone marrow transplant.
Her sister, Amanda Drury, described her as “lively and outgoing”.
Margus D Morrison, 52
Mr. Morrison was from the local Buffalo ear.
Andre Mackneil, 53
Mr. MackNeil had been in Buffalo at the time of the attack. He was originally from Auburn, New York, which is about 120 miles east of Buffalo.
Aaron Salter, 55
Mr. Salter was a former police officer. He had taken a job as a security guard at Tops Supermarket after retiring and was working in the store at the time of the shooting.
Geraldine Talley, 62
Ms. Talley lived in the Buffalo area.
Celestine Chaney, 65
Ms Chaney was buying strawberries from the supermarket when she was shot at.
Wayne Jones, Ms. Chaney’s son, told the New York Times that she was visiting her sister in Buffalo.
Heyward Patterson, 67
Mr. Patterson was known in the community as “Jitney” because he used his free time to drive those in need to and from the shop. He was also a church deacon.
His wife, Tirzah Patterson, said: “Why this way? That was my answer. And I said, God, I know we all have a set time. But why the hell leave that path? That was my answer. I didn’t know if I should be angry. I didn’t know if I should get hurt. I was all kinds of emotions. But the first thing I thought of was why this way.”
Catherine Massey, 72
Ms. Massey was a prominent activist for Buffalo’s black community.
Buffalo News recounted how the 72-year-old frequently wrote letters urging the administration to take action against gun violence and was a member of the community empowerment group We Are Women Warriors.
Pearl Young, 77
Ms. Young was another well-known parishioner who ran a pantry in the Central Park neighborhood for 25 years. She was a beloved grandmother and missionary.
Relatives Mary Craig said: “She was just so beautiful inside and out.”
Ruth Whitfield, 86
Ms Whitfield was in the store shortly after visiting her husband at a nearby care home.
Her son is former Buffalo Fire Commissioner Garnell Whitfield.
How many people were injured in the Buffalo mass shooting?
In addition to the ten dead, three other people were injured in the attack.
Zaire Goodman, 20, was the youngest person to be hit by the bullets and was working at the supermarket at the time.
Ms Goodman, who was shot in the neck, was treated at hospital and discharged.
Jennifer Warrington, 50, was also hit and has since been treated and discharged from hospital.
Christopher Braden, 55, is still hospitalized but is said to be in stable condition.
What did the police say about the mass shooting in Buffalo?
Local police said they believe the attack was racially motivated, with the Buffalo Police Chief calling it a “racial hate crime.”
The majority of those shot – 11 out of 13 – were black, and the supermarket is in a predominantly black neighborhood.
Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia told reporters, “This is an absolutely racist hate crime and will be prosecuted as a hate crime.”
Gendron was charged without bail and is on suicide watch. He was indicted and charged with first degree murder and has pleaded not guilty.
He is scheduled to appear in court on May 19.
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