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Buffalo shooting: what we know about the victims so far

Eleven of the 13 victims were Black, and two were white, after an 18-year-old white male opened fire at a supermarket in New York
Buffalo shooting: what we know about the victims so far

Eleven of the 13 victims were Black, and two were white, after an 18-year-old white man opened fire at a supermarket in New York

People pay their respects outside the scene of a shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, on Sunday.

An 18-year-old white teenager opened fire at a Buffalo, New York supermarket on Saturday, killing 10 people and wounding three others in what authorities have described as a “hate crime and racially motivated violent extremism”.

Eleven of the 13 victims were Black, and two were white.

Authorities said that the shooter, who is white, drove to Tops Friendly Market around 2.30pm, “allegedly wearing tactical gear and armed with an assault weapon”. When the shooter arrived, he shot four people outside the grocery, three of whom died, local prosecutors said.

He then entered the supermarket, where a security guard, who had recently retired from the Buffalo police department, tried to stop him. The guard died in the exchange, and the shooter shot eight additional people inside the store, six of whom died, authorities said.

The attacker was arraigned on a first-degree murder charge hours later, authorities said. Here is what we know about the victims so far.

Aaron Salter

Salter, a retired Buffalo police lieutenant, was working as a security guard at Tops on Saturday when the shooter entered the grocery. Salter shot at the shooter in an effort to stop him, but was fatally wounded, according to WHIO TV.

“One of the individuals inside the store is a security guard, a beloved security guard, who is a retired Buffalo police officer – a hero in our eyes – he engaged the suspect and fired multiple shots,” Buffalo’s police commissioner, Joseph Gramaglia, reportedly said at a press conference.

Salter was 55, WHIO said.

Ruth Whitfield

The 86-year-old had just visited her husband at his nursing home when she decided to pick up food at Tops, WGRZ reported. Whitfield is the mother of Buffalo’s former fire commissioner, Garnell Whitfield.

Katherine Massey

The Buffalo News identified one of the victims as Katherine Massey, reporting that a family member confirmed her death. She went to Tops to buy groceries, the newspaper reported. Massey’s sister, Barbara Massey, said in a text to a reporter: “She was a beautiful soul.”

  • This is a developing story and will be updated accordingly.

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