Ten People Were Killed At A Mass Shooting At A Buffalo Supermarket. Eleven Of The 13 People Shot Were Black.

Ten People Were Killed At A Mass Shooting At A Buffalo Supermarket. Eleven Of The 13 People Shot Were Black.

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1 min agoSenate majority leader stresses need to “tackle the scourge of gun violence” after Buffalo mass shootingFrom CNN’s Liam Reilly in New York

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer in Washington on Wednesday, May 11. (Michael Reynolds/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)New York Sen. Chuck Schumer has railed against what he called the “scourge of gun violence” in the United States in remarks to worshipers in Buffalo following the mass shooting Saturday which killed at least 10 people who were visiting a supermarket, which is located in the heart of the city’s Black community.

Authorities are investigating the shooting as a hate crime.

Speaking virtually to the congregation at the True Bethel Baptist Church in Erie County on Sunday, Schumer described the deaths as part of an “ugly pattern” that “dates back to the earliest days of this nation”. 

“Racism unfortunately always has been and unfortunately even more still is the poison of America,” Schumer said. “The original sin of slavery — the decades of racial terror, discrimination, separate but equal, white supremacy, bigotry — continue to exert a poisonous influence in our society, we still have to reckon with unspeakable acts of racial violence, like what happened on Jefferson Avenue.”

“This isn’t about being in the wrong place, at the wrong time — I heard some commentators say that, that really got me very angry,” Sen. Schumer continued. “The only wrong time to be at a supermarket in the minds of these evil people is when it’s closed.” 

The Senate majority leader noted that while the onus must be on healing, so, too, must communities also turn their attention to the changes that can only be wrought on the government level to prevent similar kinds of violence from happening again. 

“We must tackle the scourge of gun violence and finally ban the weapons of war from our streets,” he said. “We must address the disturbing reality that the internet and social media allow purveyors of evil to spread their wicked words to poison the minds of others.”

Schumer said he’d spoken with the deputy director at the FBI who had assured him that law enforcement would be using “every investigative tool to track down and identify racial hatred and hate crimes that have motivated this reprehensible crime.”

Drawing on their faith, Schumer also encouraged the congregation to lean on one another to process the events of the prior day as a community. Citing the late Martin Luther King Jr., he reminded worshipers that only love can drive out hate. 

“There must be love,” he said. “Love for your neighbors, love for your community.”

1 min agoBiden: “We must all work together to address the hate that remains a stain on the soul of America”From CNN’s Betsy Klein

President Joe Biden condemned the tragic mass shooting in Buffalo, New York, expressing condolences for the victims and families as he decried the “hate that remains a stain on the soul of America.”

“A lone gunman armed with weapons of war and hate-filled soul, shot and killed 10 innocent people in cold blood at a grocery store on Saturday afternoon,” Biden said as he began his speech at the National Peace Officers Memorial Service at the US Capitol, marking his first extensive on-camera remarks since the tragic shooting.

“Jill and I, like all of you, pray for the victims and their families and a devastated community,” he said, adding that he has been receiving updates from his team and the administration is in “close contact” with officials on the matter.

“We’re still gathering the facts, but already, the Justice Department has stated publicly that it’s investigating the matter as a hate crime, racially motivated act of White supremacy and violent extremism. As they do, we must all work together to address the hate that remains a stain on the soul of America. Our hearts are heavy once again, but our resolve must never waver,” he concluded.Ten people were killed Saturday at the Tops grocery store in what authorities are investigating as a racially motivated mass shooting by a suspect in tactical gear who was livestreaming the attack, law enforcement officials said during a Saturday news conference.

Biden told reporters earlier Sunday he had “not yet” spoken with victims’ families and was unsure if he would be able to get to Buffalo this week ahead of his planned trip to Asia next weekend. He said he was “trying to work out the schedule.”

35 min ago”We are seeing an epidemic of hate,” says Vice President Kamala HarrisFrom CNN’s Betsy Klein

Vice President Kamala Harris speaks during the US-ASEAN Summit at the State Department in Washington on Friday, May 13.  (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)Vice President Kamala Harris issued a statement Sunday on the mass shooting in Buffalo, New York, decrying an “epidemic of hate across our country” following the actions of an 18-year-old man in a racist shooting.

“Law enforcement is proceeding with its investigation, but what is clear is that we are seeing an epidemic of hate across our country that has been evidenced by acts of violence and intolerance. We must call it out and condemn it,” Harris said. “Racially-motivated hate crimes or acts of violent extremism are harms against all of us, and we must do everything we can to ensure that our communities are safe from such acts,” she added.

Harris expressed condolences and prayers for the families of victims. 

The suspect, Payton S. Gendron, allegedly wrote a White supremacist manifesto ahead of the shooting.

Investigators are reviewing a 180-page purported manifesto that was posted online in connection with the shooting, two federal law enforcement sources told CNN.

The manifesto, independently obtained by CNN shortly after the attack and before authorities released the suspect’s name, is allegedly written by a person claiming to be Payton Gendron confessing to the attack.

It details perceptions of the dwindling size of the White population and claims of ethnic and cultural replacement of Whites, and the author describes himself as a fascist, a White supremacist and an anti-Semite.

CNN’s Travis Caldwell contributed to this report.

1 hr 23 min agoPresident Biden says he doesn’t know if he will go to Buffalo ahead of Asia tripFrom CNN’s Jasmine Wright 

President Joe Biden boards Air Force One at Delaware Air National Guard Base in New Castle, Delaware, on May 15. (Stefani Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images)President Joe Biden said he was unsure whether he would visit Buffalo, New York, before he leaves for his trip abroad to Asia later this week.

“We’re going to work that out now,” Biden said while climbing the steps of Air Force One in Wilmington, Delaware, ahead of his flight back to DC on Sunday.

As his audio was partially overshadowed by plane noise, he repeated that he was “trying to work out the schedule.”

“I don’t know that I’m going to be able to go to Buffalo,” he said, and added he was trying to figure it out.

He later told reporters at Joint Base Andrews that he had “not yet” spoken with the families of the 10 people who were killed.

CNN’s Betsy Klein contributed to this report.

2 hr 15 min agoBuffalo mass shooting suspect “was scouting the supermarket” and targeted its specific zip code, authorities sayFrom CNN’s Polo Sandoval and Sarah

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