Police in New York City are deploying extra forces to black houses of worship as a precaution after a deadly mass shooting Saturday in Buffalo, New York, over a weekend that saw the nation witness a gunfight that also had crowds in Milwaukee and Los Angeles running .
In Buffalo, the shooting at the Tops Friends Market grocery store unfolded when a suspect wearing military-style clothing and body armor shot and killed at least 10 people around 2:30 p.m., the Associated Press reported.
There is evidence that 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 because of its high black population and drove hours from his home in an undisclosed New York borough.
In response to the reports, the NYPD contacted officials in Buffalo.
“We reached out to our partners in Buffalo PD immediately upon learning of the attack,” NYPD spokesman Sgt. Brendan Ryan said news week in an email. “We offered any assistance and began running the suspect through our databases to see if we had any information [of] Value for Buffalo PD or if there was a connection to New York City.
“While we believe New York City is not threatened by this incident, as a precaution we have shifted counterterrorism and patrol resources to pay particular attention to a number of sites and areas, including major houses of worship in communities of color.” “
The Buffalo suspect, identified by Chief Justice of the Buffalo City Court of Justice Craig Hannah as Payton Gendron, 18, has been charged with first-degree murder, according to CNN. He is scheduled to appear in court at 9:30 a.m. ET Thursday.
Attorney General Merrick B. Garland issued a statement Saturday night regarding the mass shooting, calling it a “hate crime.”
“Tonight the country mourns the victims of a senseless, 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 agencies,” Garland said in the statement. “The Department of Justice is investigating this matter as a hate crime and racially motivated violent extremism. The Justice Department is committed to conducting a thorough and expeditious investigation into this shooting and 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 released by the suspect is also being reviewed.
In the wake of the Buffalo shooting, Los Angeles police are searching for a suspect who shot someone outside of downtown’s busy Grand Central Market in another shooting over the weekend that caused visitors to flee.
The LAPD responded to a report of a shooting near Grand Central Market on South Hill Street at 3:56 p.m. Saturday Los Angeles Times. The victim’s condition is unknown, Officer Rosario Cervantes told the newspaper.
A male suspect was still at large when police searched the area. Videos shared on social media platforms showed frightened customers running away.
A staffer told the newspaper the incident happened near the entrance to the venue, which its website describes as “Los Angeles’s largest and oldest public market” with 40 vendors housing “a mix of legacy vendors who… only exists in LA. “
In Milwaukee, fans of a game between the Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics fled the streets late Friday when three people were shot dead near the Fiserv Forum.
A man and two women suffered life-threatening injuries in the shooting, police said.
Other shootings in Milwaukee on Friday killed three people in three separate shootings, according to a report by Milwaukee’s Fox 6.
news week reached out to the Los Angeles Police Department and the Buffalo Police Department for comment.
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