Tops Friendly Markets shooting – Teen suspect facing LIFE sentence in Buffalo, NY for 'filming hate crime on Twitch'

A SUSPECTED mass shooter who allegedly killed ten people in a Buffalo grocery store was arraigned this evening and is facing "life without parole."

Peyton Gendron of Broome County, New York, allegedly donned body armor and carried an assault weapon as he entered the Tops Friendly Market shortly after 2:30 pm and opened fire on May 14, 2022.

During the bloody rampage, the 18-year-old white suspect opened fire, killing 10 and hurting three in what police described as a racially-motivated attack, which was live-streamed on Twitch, reports say.

He was arraigned and charged with murder in the first degree on Saturday. Speaking about the deadly attack, New York Governor Hochul said social media platforms "can in a sense become an accomplice if, not legally, but morally."

The suspect, who drove five hours to carry out the alleged attack, was wearing a white mask and a white paper gown during his courtroom appearance this evening.

In total, 13 people were shot with ten victims passing away from the injuries and three being hurt. Eleven of the 13 victims were African American and two were white, cops told reporters.

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  • Josephine Fuller

    FORMER BUFFALO POLICE OFFICER AMONG DEAD

    One of those killed was a former Buffalo police officer who had been working as a security guard inside the store. He engaged with the shooter but was ultimately overpowered.

  • Fionnuala O'Leary

    WHAT HAPPENED IN BUFFALO, NY

    The alleged gunman described as a white, 18-year-old male wore tactical body armor and carried a rifle as he entered the Tops Friendly Market shortly after 2:30pm and opened fire.

    He allegedly shot dead ten people and hurt three.

  • Fionnuala O'Leary

    SUPERMARKET'S STATEMENT

    Tops Friendly Markets shared a statement on Twitter as the deadly event unfolded:

    "We are shocked and deeply saddened by this senseless act of violence and our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families."

    "Our top priority remains the health and well-being of our associates and customers.

    "We appreciate the quick response of local law enforcement and are providing all available resources to assist authorities in the ongoing investigation."

  • Fionnuala O'Leary

    BLOODY RAMPAGE

    On Saturday afternoon, shortly after 2.30 pm, shots were fired at a supermarket in upstate New York.

    The Buffalo Police Department took to Twitter to warn people in the area.

    “BPD on [the] scene of a mass shooting at the Tops in the 1200 block of Jefferson Avenue,” they wrote.

    “Police say multiple people have been struck by gunfire. The shooter is in custody. Motorists and residents are urged to avoid the area.”

    The Buffalo Police Department took to Twitter to warn people in the area.

  • Josephine Fuller

    ALREADY ARRAIGNED

    The suspected gunman was arraigned at around 7.30 on Saturday night.

    He wore a mask and a paper gown and was barefoot as the judge charged him with murder in the first degree.

    His lawyers said he pleads not guilty.

  • Fionnuala O'Leary

    LIVE-STREAM HORROR

    Buffalo police confirmed that the suspect filmed the horrific attack in a disturbing live-stream video.

    Disturbing footage surfaced on social media which The Sun has not independently verified.

    Police described the suspect’s alleged attack as “pure evil” during an emotional press conference in New York today.

  • Fionnuala O'Leary

    WHAT HAPPENED IN BUFFALO, NY

    The alleged gunman described as a white, 18-year-old male wore tactical body armor and carried a rifle as he entered the Tops Friendly Market shortly after 2:30pm and opened fire.

    He allegedly shot dead ten people and hurt three.

  • Fionnuala O'Leary

    WHO IS THE BUFFALO MASS SHOOTER’

    The police in Buffalo, New York, have not named the suspect who allegedly killed ten with a rifle on May 14, 2022.

    He is an 18-year-old white male who donned military garb when he opened fire in Tops Friendly Markets after 2.30 pm.

    Cops confirmed he traveled hours to carry out the alleged racially-motivated attack today.

  • Fionnuala O'Leary

    COMMUNITY'S HORROR

    During a press conference, Garcia called the gunman "pure evil."

    Mayor Byron Brown called the shooting "the worst nightmare" any community could face.

    He spoke about how he and his family sometimes shop at the market and how he is close with many employees.

    Though he tried to console those who lost loved ones and witnesses, during a press conference he said, "there is no comfort at this time."

    The Erie County Sheriff’s Office tweeted out a statement extending some comfort to the families and friends of the victims.

    “The Erie County Sheriff’s Office wishes to pass along its condolences to the family and friends of [today’s] shooting. Sheriff Garcia has ordered all available resources and personnel to assist the @BPDAlerts"

  • Fionnuala O'Leary

    'SHOOTER'S' NAME

    Authorities said the gunman's name won't be released until after he is arraigned later tonight on a charge of murder in the first degree, a charge that could result in a sentence of life without parole.

    The police told reporters that the alleged teen gunman began by shooting one woman, then a deacon, before shooting another woman, reported CBS.

  • Fionnuala O'Leary

    MULTIPLE PEOPLE HURT

    In total, 13 people were shot and 10 were killed, four of which were store employees.

    The additional three people who were shot had non-life-threatening injuries.

    The suspected gunman was arrested by police at the scene, the sources said after officials initially reported that he died.

    The crime is being investigated as a racially motivated hate crime.

  • Fionnuala O'Leary

    HORROR SHOOTING

    Eerie County Sherrif John Garcia explained the gunman "drove several hours" specifically to the Buffalo area which is a predominately Black community.

    When he exited the car he was heavily armed and wearing tactical gear along with a camera. The shooting was live-streamed.

    Before entering the store he shot four people in the parking lot, three of which died.

    Once inside the store, he killed a security guard who had worked at the store for several years and was known in the community.

  • Patrizia Rizzo

    WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING ABOUT THE SHOOTING?

    Tops Friendly Markets shared a statement on Twitter as the deadly event unfolded:

    "We are shocked and deeply saddened by this senseless act of violence and our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families."

    "Our top priority remains the health and well-being of our associates and customers. We appreciate the quick response of local law enforcement and are providing all available resources to assist authorities in the ongoing investigation."

  • Patrizia Rizzo

    WHAT HAPPENED AT TOPS FRIENDLY SUPERMARKET IN BUFFALO, NEW YORK?

    On Saturday afternoon, shortly after 2.30pm, shots were fired at a supermarket in upstate New York.

    The Buffalo Police Department took to Twitter to warn people in the area.

    "BPD on scene of a mass shooting at the Tops in the 1200 block of Jefferson Avenue," they wrote.

    "Police say multiple people have been struck by gunfire. The shooter is in custody. Motorists and residents are urged to avoid the area."

    The Buffalo Police Department took to Twitter to warn people in the area.

    "BPD on scene of a mass shooting at the Tops in the 1200 block of Jefferson Avenue," they wrote.

    "Police say multiple people have been struck by gunfire. The shooter is in custody. Motorists and residents are urged to avoid the area."

  • Fionnuala O'Leary

    WAS THE SHOOTING BROADCAST

    Buffalo police confirmed that the suspect filmed the horrific attack in a disturbing live-stream video.

    Disturbing footage surfaced on social media which The Sun has not independently verified.

    Police described the suspect's alleged attack as "pure evil" during an emotional press conference in New York today.

  • Fionnuala O'Leary

    WHO DIED IN BUFFALO, NY TODAY?

    Ten people were killed when the 18-year-old suspect allegedly opened fire this afternoon.

    Three others were hurt.

    Police are investigating whether the live-streamed bloodbath was racially-motivated and an alleged "hate crime."

  • Fionnuala O'Leary

    WHAT HAPPENED IN BUFFALO, NY

    The alleged gunman described as a white, 18-year-old male wore tactical body armor and carried a rifle as he entered the Tops Friendly Market shortly after 2:30pm and opened fire.

    He allegedly shot dead ten people and hurt three.

  • Fionnuala O'Leary

    WHO IS THE BUFFALO MASS SHOOTER'

    The police in Buffalo, New York, have not named the suspect who allegedly killed ten with a rifle on May 14, 2022.

    He is an 18-year-old white male who donned military garb when he opened fire in Tops Friendly Markets after 2.30 pm.

    Cops confirmed he traveled hours to carry out the alleged racially-motivated attack today.

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