10 dead in shooting at New York supermarket

10 dead in shooting at New York supermarket

International Deskdaily-bangladesh.com

Published: 09:17 15 May 2022  

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At least 10 people were shot to death by a heavily armed 18-year-old man at a grocery store in New York state that is being investigated as a racially-motivated hate crime. 

The gunman was detained after a stand-off at the scene in the city of Buffalo. Police have not named him.

The suspect entered a busy supermarket on Saturday afternoon before opening fire. He used a camera to live-stream the attack online, police said.

The FBI described the shooting as an act of "violent extremism".

"We are investigating this incident as both a hate crime and a case of racially-motivated violent extremism," Stephen Belongia, the agent in charge of the FBI's Buffalo office, told a news conference.

The suspect is believed to have driven for several hours to reach the predominantly black area of the city. Thirteen people were shot and the majority of the victims were black, Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia said. 

The three wounded victims - who all worked at the supermarket - have not sustained life-threatening injuries.

A retired police officer who was working as a security guard at the supermarket tried to shoot the suspect but was among those killed.

The suspect was carrying a high-powered rifle and wore body armour as well as a helmet, police said. He surrendered his weapon after a tense stand-off before being detained.

He has since been charged in court with first-degree murder, Erie County District Attorney John Flynn later said. He added that further charges may still be brought.  - BBC