At least some of Buffalo’s Monday mood was enhanced by the city’s rain and gray skies.
The black community in New York is mourning and afraid after the shooting deaths of ten individuals – now identified by authorities – in a racially motivated assault on a supermarket.
On Saturday afternoon, the alleged shooter opened fire and killed the victims, ranging in age from 32 to 86.
Others were hurt in the attack.
Who were the people who suffered as a result of this incident?
The identities of those killed were made public by authorities on Monday. The ten victims were as follows:
She had relocated to Buffalo to be near her brother, Robert, who had had a stem cell transplant.
Andre Mackneil, 53, and Margus D. Morrison, 52
Former police officer Aaron Salter, 55, was a security guard at Top Friendly Mart grocery shop.
She’s 62-years-old Geraldine Talley.
A beloved grandma, Celestine Chaney, 65, and a devout churchgoer, Heyward Patterson, 67, both died.
Pearl Young, Katherine’s 77-year-old sister, described her as a “beautiful spirit” community activist who spent her Saturdays volunteering at a soup kitchen.
Ruth Whitfield, 86, had just returned from a trip to the nursing home where her husband resides.
Store clerk Zaire Goodman, 20, was discharged from the hospital after suffering a gunshot wound to the neck, but he is expected to be well.
Also discharged from the hospital is Jennifer Warrington, a 50-year-old mother of two; her husband, Christopher Braden, is now in stable condition.
The Buffalo Urban League, a non-profit organization that provides counseling services in the community, is also on site.
Executive chairman Thomas Beauford Jr. describes what transpired as “horror on top of trauma.”
All the disadvantages of unfair policy and property devaluation have already taken a toll on this heavily populated region.
It is the only big supermarket in the region that has a wide variety of fresh foods and items. According to him, its shutdown would exacerbate the area’s already-existing food desert.
In the wake of the incident, questions have been raised as to whether warning signs were ignored in the lead-up. New York Governor Kathy Hochul: “I want to know what individuals knew and when they knew it.”
There had been at least one previous report of this person to the police; in June of last year, he was sent to the hospital for a mental health examination after making a “generalized threat” in class.
There were no reports of any red flags in his background check when he purchased a gun from the FBI or any other state agency.
Uncovering an allegedly self-written 180-page manifesto by the suspect also revealed his self-described fascist and white nationalist views. After the incident, police detained him and he was charged with murder. He has pleaded not guilty. On the 19th of May, he will be back in court.
Reporters asked Buffalo Police Chief Joseph Gramaglia whether evidence revealed so far in the case indicates that it was racially motivated. Gramaglia said it was.
This is a hate crime, he continued, and it will be prosecuted as such.
The incident on Saturday is believed to be the bloodiest in the United States so far in 2022. Approximately 40,000 people are killed by weapons in the United States each year, which includes suicides.