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10 dead, suspect arrested in Buffalo supermarket shooting


People gather outside the scene of a mass shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo, N.Y., on Saturday. Associated Press/Derek Gee/The Buffalo News

10 dead, suspect arrested in Buffalo supermarket shooting

A gunman wearing tactical gear and body armor opened fire in Tops Friendly Market on Saturday, killing 10 people and wounding three others before surrendering to police. Officials called the mass shooting in a predominantly black neighborhood of Buffalo, N.Y., an act of “racially motivated violent extremism.”

Who was the shooter? Law enforcement officials identified the suspect as 18-year-old Payton Gendron from a town about 200 miles southeast of Buffalo. Police said Sunday that Gendron researched local demographics and arrived a day in advance to conduct reconnaissance. Eleven of the shooting victims were black, and two were white. A manifesto allegedly written by Gendron and circulated online included white supremacist rhetoric. Last year, state police took Gendron to a hospital for a mental health evaluation after he made a threat against his school. He was released after a day and a half and not charged with any crimes.


Lynde Langdon

Lynde is editor of WORLD Digital. She is a graduate of World Journalism Institute, the Missouri School of Journalism, and the University of Missouri–St. Louis. Lynde resides with her family in Wichita, Kan.

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