The victims of the Buffalo mass shooting have been identified. Authorities have released the names of 10 victims who died on Saturday, May 14, 2022, when the shooter Payton Gendron shot them with his rifle/gun. It was a racially motivated hate crime in a New York Tops Friendly supermarket located on Jefferson Avenue.
The Buffalo shooting took place after 2 pm ET. All the victims were aged between 32 and 86. They all were shot by 18-year-old alleged suspect Payton S. Gendron. Dead included a former police officer who was working as a security guard in the supermarket, a woman who helped feed the poor, and a man who used to drive vehicles for the money. Besides being 10 dead, 3 were injured too.
11 out of the 13 victims were black. The shooter Payton Gendron drove 200 miles from his home in Conklin to Buffalo at Tops Friendly market to through his plan. Buffalo’s police described the attack as a racist hate crime. The suspect is expected to face more charges. He selected the region as it has a predominantly black population.
The official authorities released the names of the 10 dead people on Monday, May 16. They are mentioned below.
Buffalo Shooting Victims’ Names
- Roberta A. Drury, 32: He moved to Buffalo as his brother was scheduled for a bone marrow transplant.
- Margus D. Morrison, 52
- Andre Mackneil, 53
- Aaron Salter, 55: He recently retired from the police force, and used to work as a security guard in Tops Friendly Mart grocery store.
- Geraldine Talley, 62
- Celestine Chaney, 65, a grandmother
- Heyward Patterson, 67: A driver who used to transport people to and from the supermarket.
- Katherine Massey, 72: A community activist with a beautiful soul.
- Pearl Young, 77: He used to work in a soup kitchen on Saturdays.
- Ruth Whitfield, 86: She just visited her husband in a care home.
Besides the above 10 people who died, there are 3 other victims who survived the gunshots/attack. The youngest victim, 20-year-old Zaire Goodman is a store worker and has been released from the hospital. He was shot in the neck. The 50-year-old Jennifer Warrington and 55-year-old Christopher Braden are in stable condition and have been discharged from the hospital.
New York Governor Kathy Hochul told The Reporter Times if any red flags were missed in the run-up to the attack. Kathy said, “I want to know what people knew and when they knew it.”
In June 2021, Payton Gendron threatened to kill someone at the school. That’s when he was flagged by the authorities for the first time. He had to undergo a mental health evaluation for 1.5 days in a hospital, after making a generalized threat.
Even after such an activity, Gendron’s name is not on any FBI or local authorities’ watchlists. Moreover, no red flags came up in the background when he bought a gun in New York.
Payton had uploaded a 180-page manifesto on Google Drive which was later taken down by the search giant. In it, he described himself as a fascist and a white supremacist. He, himself, believed to be radicalized in the early stages of the pandemic from the internet, and not someone he met in real life.
Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia told TheReporterTimes that it’s an absolute racist hate crime, and it will be prosecuted as such. After being arrested, Gendron pleaded not guilty to murder and attack charges. He is scheduled to appear before the court on May 19.
Saturday’s attack was the worst mass shooting in the United States in 2022. Around 40,000 people die every year involving firearms that including suicides and mass shooting events which occur frequently.
Not even 24 hours passed, and another such attack happened in southern California. An Asian man in his 60s attacked churchgoers in the Geneva Presbyterian church located in Orange County. In the shooting, one man lost his life while 5 were injured. The churchgoers tackled and arrested him, and tied him up using an extension cord until police arrived.