US President Biden will visit Buffalo following mass shooting
US President Biden and first lady Jill Biden will travel Tuesday to Buffalo, New York, "to grieve with the community that lost ten lives in a senseless and horrific mass shooting," the White House said Sunday.
Ten people were killed and three injured Saturday in what officials are calling a hate crime and a case of racially motivated violent extremism.
The suspect, 18-year-old Payton Gendron, was arraigned Saturday on a charge of murder in the first degree, the most severe murder charge under New York law. He pleaded not guilty.
Buffalo authorities on Sunday released the names and ages of the victims, who ranged in age from 32 to 86:
Roberta Drury, 32, of Buffalo
Margus Morrison, 52, of Buffalo
Andre Mackneil, 53, of Auburn, N.Y.
Aaron Salter, 55, of Lockport, N.Y.
Geraldine Talley, 62, of Buffalo
Celestine Chaney, 65, of Buffalo
Heyward Patterson, 67, of Buffalo
Katherine Massey, 72, of Buffalo
Pearl Young, 77, of Buffalo
Ruth Whitfield, 86, of Buffalo
Biden said Sunday that he has been receiving updates from the White House, which is working with the Justice Department.
"We're still gathering the facts; already the Justice Department has stated publicly and as investigating the matter as a hate crime, racially motivated act of white supremacy and violent extremism as they do," he continued. "We must all work together to address the hate. The remains the stain on the soul of American hearts are heavy once again. What a resolve must never ever waver."
Authorities said the suspect, who was heavily armed and wearing tactical gear, got out of his vehicle at Buffalo's Tops Friendly Market and shot four people in the parking lot, killing three of them.
He then allegedly walked inside the store and encountered a retired Buffalo police officer working as a security guard, who fired multiple shots at the suspected gunman. The shooter then killed the guard and walked through the supermarket, shooting others, police said.