MADRID, May 15. (EUROPE PRESS) –
At least 10 people have died and three have been injured during a shooting at a supermarket in the US city of Buffalo, in the state of New York, in the north of the United States, as reported by CNN on Saturday.
The main suspect is an 18-year-old white man who has already been arrested and processed in a speedy trial after being charged with first degree murder, which is the highest charge in the state of New York, since it carries with it a sentence of life imprisonment without parole, according to the aforementioned chain.
As confirmed by police sources, the young man would have arrived at 2:30 p.m. (local time) at the parking lot of a supermarket in Buffalo. After getting out of the vehicle “very heavily armed” and beginning to broadcast live what he was about to do, he shot four people who were in the vicinity of his car.
After this first shooting, the young man entered the supermarket and managed to shoot down a security guard and then continued shooting up to 13 people inside. Shortly after, several Buffalo Police officers managed to arrest him and take him to the police station, according to Gramaglia.
“At approximately 2:30 p.m. today, an individual who, according to the Mayor, is not from this area and is hours away, drove to Buffalo and went to Tops Market. He got out of his vehicle, he was very heavily armed. He had tactical gear. He had a tactical helmet on. He had a camera that was broadcasting live what he was doing,” Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia said.
The agent in charge of the FBI Buffalo Office, Stephen Belongia, has assured that the shooting is being investigated as a hate crime, since 11 of the 13 people who have been shot were black.
Buffalo Police have shared a 180-page letter — believed to be written by the suspect — outlining a “great replacement” conspiracy theory that political elites use immigration to reduce the white population, as reported by ‘The Wall Street Journal’.
“It was a direct racially motivated hate crime from someone outside our community, outside the city (…) who came into our community and tried to inflict that evil on us,” Belongia said in statements collected by CNN.
Erie County District Attorney John Flynn has detailed that specifically terrorism charges as well as other murder charges are being investigated. “I assure everyone in this community that justice is being done right now and justice will be done,” Flynn added, according to CNN.