TRAGEDY struck Buffalo, New York after a gunman opened fire at the Tops Supermarket on Jefferson Avenue.
Authorities are reportedly investigating it as a hate crime after 11 victims were identified as African American.
Who are the Buffalo mass shooting victims?
During the shooting, 10 people were killed and several others were injured in the crossfire.
The victims of the Buffalo mass shooting include:
Aaron Salter- Deceased
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Aaron Salter, 55, was among those who died.
The retired Buffalo Police officer was working at the store as a security guard.
Ruth Whitfield- Deceased
Ruth Whitfield, 86, was known as the mother of former Buffalo Fire Commissioner Garnell Whitfield.
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She reportedly stopped at the grocery store on her way home from visiting her husband in a nursing home, per WGRZ.
Pearl Young- Deceased
Pearl Young, 77, was known in the Buffalo neighborhood for her service at the Central Park food pantry.
She ran the food pantry for 25 years and helped feed countless people every Saturday.
Katherine Massey- Deceased
Katherine Massey, 72, was a former Buffalo News reporter who died in the shooting.
Outside of being a journalist, Massey was an advocate of gun violence and a member of the group We Are Women Warriors.
Deacon Heyward Patterson- Deceased
Deacon Heyward "Tenny" Patterson, 67, was known for his service in the Buffalo community and often helped drive people to the Tops Supermarket store.
According to The Buffalo News, Patterson served as a pastor's armor-bearer at The State Tabernacle Church of God and would volunteer to clean the church every Saturday.
Celestine Chaney- Deceased
Celestine Chaney, 65, was known as a loving mother and grandmother of six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
She was also a cancer survivor, according to WKYC, and enjoyed playing bingo and shopping.
Roberta A. Drury- Deceased
Roberta Drury, 32, was one of the youngest victims in the Buffalo mass shooting.
She was reportedly in Buffalo visiting her brother from Syracuse, NY.
"She was very vibrant," her sister Amanda Drury told The New York Times. "She always was the center of attention and made the whole room smile and laugh."
Margus D. Morrison- Deceased
Buffalo resident Margus D. Morrison, 52, also died in the shooting.
Andre Mackneil- Deceased
Andre Mackneil, 53, of Auburn, NY, was reportedly in the area visiting relatives at the time of the shooting.
According to USA Today, he stopped at the store to buy a surprise birthday cake for his grandson.
“He never came out with the cake,” his cousin Clarissa Alston-McCutcheon said, later describing him as "just a loving and caring guy. Loved family. Was always there for his family.”
Geraldine Talley- Deceased
Geraldine Talley, 62, of Buffalo, NY, was known as an executive assistant who was famous for her cheesecake, per People.
Her niece described her as "the sweetest person" who "loved everybody."
Zarie Goodman- Injured
Zaire Goodman, 20, was wounded during the shooting and suffered non-life-threatening injuries, WIVB reports.
He is reportedly the son of Zeneta Everhart, a staffer from U.S. Senator Tim Kennedy’s office.
Jennifer Warrington- Injured
Jennifer Warrington, 50, of Tonawanda, NY, was also injured during the shooting but has since been released from the hospital.
Christopher Braden- Injured
Christopher Braden, 55, of Lackawanna, NY, was also injured during the attack but the extent of his injuries remains unclear.
Is there a suspect in the shooting?
Shortly after the event unfolded, police arrested 18-year-old Conklin native Payton Gendron in connection with the crime.
Authorities allege that he drove over 200 miles and opened fire on the store while wearing military gear and carrying a rifle.
He also reportedly live-streamed the tragic event on Twitch, but the video was removed within minutes, Reuters reports.
Gendron has since pleaded not guilty to the charge of murder in the first degree and was denied bail.
US Attorney Merrick Garland revealed that the Department of Justice is investigating the shooting as a "hate crime" and "an act of racially-motivated violent extremism."
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Prior to the shooting, Gendron reportedly spoke about carrying out a shooting at a graduation ceremony or at a similar event, according to The Buffalo News.
Buffalo Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia later told ABC News that authorities discovered information that lead them to believe he would have continued the attack if he was not caught.
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