New York City police are sending extra forces to black houses of worship as a precaution following a mass shooting Saturday in Buffalo, New York, on a weekend that saw the country see exchanges of fire that also sent crowds running. in Milwaukee and Los Angeles.
In Buffalo, the shooting at the Tops Friends Market grocery store unfolded when a suspect wearing military-style clothing and body armor killed at least 10 people around 2:30 pm, the Associated Press reported.
Evidence suggests race may have been a motivating factor in this attack, Erie County District Attorney John Flynn said during a news conference. He confirmed that 11 of the 13 people shot were black and said the suspect allegedly targeted Buffalo for its high black population, driving hours from his home in an undisclosed New York county.
In response to the reports, the NYPD contacted officials in Buffalo.
“We contacted our partners at Buffalo PD immediately upon learning of the attack,” said Sgt. Brendan Ryan, a spokesman for the NYPD, said newsweek in an email. “We offered any assistance and began analyzing the suspect in our databases to determine if we had any information [of] value to Buffalo PD or if there was any nexus in New York City.
“While we assess that there is no threat to New York City from this incident, out of an abundance of caution, we have shifted counterterrorism and patrol resources to pay special attention to various locations and areas, including large houses of worship in communities of color.”
The Buffalo suspect, identified as 18-year-old Payton Gendron by Buffalo City Court Chief Justice Craig Hannah, has been charged with first-degree murder, according to CNN. He is due to appear in court at 9:30 am ET on Thursday.
Attorney General Merrick B. Garland issued a statement about the mass shooting Saturday night, calling it a “hate crime”.
“Tonight, the country mourns the victims of a senseless and horrific shooting in Buffalo, New York. The FBI and ATF are working closely with the Buffalo Police Department and federal, state and local law enforcement partners. “, Garland said in the statement. “The Department of Justice is investigating this matter as a hate crime and racially motivated act of violent extremism. The Department of Justice is committed to conducting a thorough and prompt investigation into this shooting and to seeking justice for these innocent victims.”
Live streaming platform Twitch confirmed to CNN that the incident was broadcast and federal officials said an alleged manifesto allegedly posted by the suspect is also under review.
After the Buffalo shooting, LAPD are looking for a suspect who shot someone outside the busy Grand Central Market downtown in another weekend shooting that sent shoppers running.
Los Angeles Police responded at 3:56 pm Saturday to a report of a shooting near Grand Central Market on South Hill Street, according to the report. Los Angeles Times. The victim was in an unknown condition, officer Rosario Cervantes told the newspaper.
A male suspect was still at large as police searched the area. Videos shared on social media platforms showed frightened customers fleeing.
An employee told the paper the incident happened near the entrance to the venue, described on its website as Los Angeles’ “oldest and largest public market”, offering 40 vendor stalls that “house a unique mix of legacy vendors in Los Angeles.” . “
In Milwaukee on Friday, fans at a Milwaukee Bucks vs Boston Celtics game fled through the streets when three people were shot near the Fiserv Forum.
That shooting saw a man and two women sustain non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
In other Milwaukee shooting incidents on Friday, three people were killed in three separate shootings, according to a report by Milwaukee’s Fox 6.
newsweek contacted the Los Angeles Police Department and the Buffalo Police Department for comment.