Mass shooting at Buffalo supermarket leaves at least 10 dead
A shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York left at least 10 dead as police say the suspect possibly live-streamed his actions on social media.
Patrick Colson-Price, Associated Press
Jamie Foxx is speaking out after a gunman killed 10 people and injured three others at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, Saturday during a mass shooting that police say was racially motivated.
Victims ranged from 32 to 86 years old. Most were Black, either shopping or working at a Tops Friendly Market in one of Buffalo’s highest concentrated African American neighborhoods. The slain included a civil rights advocate, a deacon and a heroic security guard.
Foxx shared several posts on Instagram after news of the mass shooting spread, expressing his “sadness” and sending his condolences to the victims and their families.
“So many emotions are running through me right now,” Foxx wrote on Instagram Monday. “(I) cannot understand why the color of our skin makes people so angry… Who knew just being born black would be such a torturous journey.”
He continued with another post, a graphic from The New York Times listing the names and ages belonging to the victims of the shooting.
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“Look at these names… Look at their ages… Gunned down like animals in cold blood on a live stream,” he wrote. “All for the color of the beautiful black skin… what’s sad is that this is not anything new… This is our history… this is our present…The desensitization of the black human being… Bless these beautiful people with beautiful black skin.”
In a third post, he wrote: “Pure evil. Bless those beautiful black souls.”
Officials said the suspected gunman, a white 18-year-old man, traveled several hours across New York to carry out the attack, which he livestreamed on social media. The suspect, identified as Payton Gendron, was taken into custody after the attack. He was arraigned on first-degree murder charges and appeared in court Saturday evening wearing a bandage over his shoulder. John Flynn, Erie County’s district attorney, said along with the murder charge, his office and federal authorities were pursuing others, from terrorism to hate crimes.
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More celebrities have spoken out, including Justin Bieber who held a concert in Buffalo, New York, the same day as the shooting and opened his concert with a moment of silence for the victims.
In a video clip from the concert when he called racism “evil” and “diabolical,” he captioned the post calling the Buffalo shooting a “racist act of terror.”
“RACISM WILL NOT PREVAIL GOD DOES. WE STAND WITH YOU BUFFALO AND STAND AGAINST THIS RACIST ACT OF TERROR,” he wrote.
Former NFL player and author Emmanuel Acho commented on one of Bieber’s posts about the tragic shooting, thanking him for using his platform. Acho used his own platform to address the shooting Saturday evening.
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“While you were enjoying your Saturday brunch, another racially motivated mass murder was being committed in our precious country,” Acho “You can’t fix a problem that you don’t admit exists, racism is very real and we must ALL work together to heal hearts and heal our world.”
Kerry Washington wrote: “Sending my prayers to the city of Buffalo. To all the families that were affected by this travesty, and to the Black people who’s (sic) safety now feels threatened, I am so sorry. Take action.”
“Thinking of Buffalo & the entire Black community today,” singing duo Aly and AJ wrote. “Nothing more sad then (sic) to see this kind of hate acted out on peaceful civilians going about their day.”
“I am as tired of posting about these mass shootings as you are tired of reading about it,” Viola Davis wrote on Instagram Saturday. “Many families are getting brutal phone calls today. I feel for THEM! Don’t even know who or what to appeal to anymore to make it stop!”
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Social media comedian Kevin Fredericks tweeted: “The Buffalo shooting is a stark reminder of how hard it is to survive in America being Black. On top of everything else we have to navigate a white terrorist just walks into a grocery store and kills you.”
President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden will first visit a memorial for the shooting victims before meeting with families of the victims in Buffalo, New York, Tuesday. During remarks, Biden is expected to call the shooting “terrorism motivated by a hateful and perverse ideology that tears at the soul of our nation,” according to a White House official, and call on Americans to “give hate no safe harbor.”
Contributing: Joey Garrison, USA TODAY
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