Crime Trackers New York on Saturday afternoon issued an orange alert to our shooting response team for an active shooter in Buffalo. In addition to the shooting response team, investigative reporters assigned to the major crimes section also responded to Buffalo.
At approximately 2:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon, Peyton Gendron, 18, of Conklin, NY allegedly went to the Tops Market on Jefferson Avenue, exited his vehicle and shot four people killing three. A retired Buffalo police officer working security at the Tops Market engaged Gendron but because he was wearing an armored plate he was uninjured. Gendron then allegedly shot and killed this retired police officer. Gendron then allegedly entered the Tops Market shooting eight people and killing five. As Gendron allegedly made his way to exit the store he was met by Buffalo Police at which point he pointed his gun at himself. Officers were able to talk with him and eventually were able to get him to drop his gun, take off some of his tactical gear and surrender.
13 people were shot. Eleven of the victims are African American, two are white. Four of the victims were store employees,
On Saturday night, Gendron was arraigned in Buffalo City Court on first degree murder. He has been remanded without bail and the Judge has ordered a forensic exam.
In addition to local and state law enforcement ongoing investigations, the Department of Justice is investigating this matter as a hate crime and an act of racially-motivated violent extremism.
The Justice Department said Saturday night that it is committed to conducting a thorough and expeditious investigation into this shooting and to seeking justice for these innocent victims.