Biden says he, the first lady, is ‘praying’ for victims of the Buffalo shooting; condemns possible hate crime

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President Biden late Saturday called the Buffalo, New York, shooting, which left at least 10 people dead and 3 injured earlier in the day, “meaningless” and condemned “hate-fueled domestic terrorism”, noting that the motivation of the shooter is still being investigated.

“Tonight, we grieve for the families of ten people whose lives were senselessly taken and all who are suffering the physical and emotional wounds of this horrific shooting,” the president said in a statement.

“We are grateful for the bravery of members of the police and other first responders who took immediate action to try to protect and save lives. The First Lady and I are praying for the victims and their families, and the hearts of the entire country go out to the people of Buffalo. .”

NEW YORK POLICE SAY 13 PEOPLE MADE AND 10 KILLED DURING ‘Mass shooting’ AT BUFFALO GROCERY STORE

President Joe Biden speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Friday, May 13, 2022.

President Joe Biden speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Friday, May 13, 2022.
(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Biden said that while the motivation for the shooting was not entirely clear, “we need nothing more to assert a clear moral truth: a racially motivated hate crime is abhorrent to the very fabric of this nation. Any act of domestic terrorism, including an act perpetrated in the name of a disgusting white nationalist ideology, is antithetical to everything we stand for in America.”

ATTORNEY GENERAL GARLAND SAYS THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT IS INVESTING THE BUFFALO MASS SHOOTING ‘AS A HATE CRIME’

Police secure an area around a supermarket where several people were killed in a shooting, Saturday, May 14, 2022 in Buffalo, NY Authorities said the gunman entered the supermarket with a rifle and opened fire.  Investigators believe the man may have been live-streaming the shooting and was investigating whether he had posted a manifesto online (Derek Gee/The Buffalo News via AP)

Police secure an area around a supermarket where several people were killed in a shooting, Saturday, May 14, 2022 in Buffalo, NY Authorities said the gunman entered the supermarket with a rifle and opened fire. Investigators believe the man may have been live-streaming the shooting and was investigating whether he had posted a manifesto online (Derek Gee/The Buffalo News via AP)
(Derek Gee/The Buffalo News via AP)

The Justice Department said on Saturday that the shooting, which took place at a supermarket, was being investigated as a “racially motivated” hate crime and the shooting reportedly said in earlier writings online that it was motivated by the New Zealand gunman who killed dozens. of Muslim faithful. in 2019, according to the New York Daily News.

Police walk past a small memorial as they investigate following a supermarket shooting on Saturday, May 14, 2022, in Buffalo, NY (AP Photo/Joshua Bessex)

Police walk past a small memorial as they investigate following a supermarket shooting on Saturday, May 14, 2022, in Buffalo, NY (AP Photo/Joshua Bessex)
(AP Photo/Joshua Bessex)

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Eleven of the victims were black and two were white.

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