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Buffalo shooting suspect pleads not guilty after 10 killed, 3 wounded; Police looking through

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Buffalo grocery store where 10 people were killed and three others were wounded in a mass shooting Saturday remains closed as an active crime scene.

The 18-year-old suspect was arraigned within hours of the shooting. He faces first-degree murder charges and has pleaded not guilty. Police said he was motivated by hate, CBS2’s Kevin Rincon reported.

The sun was out and the parking lot was full of people who came to do their weekend grocery shopping. But that changed in a matter of seconds.

Police said the suspect arrived with an assault rifle and wore full tactical gear. He allegedly shot and killed four people outside the store before going inside.

“It was a beautiful day until the guy came with the army suit,” witness Grady Lewis said.

As the suspect started shooting, a security officer – a retired Buffalo police officer – came out to try and stop him, cops said. He shot the suspect, but hit his bulletproof vest. The suspect fired back, killing a man so well known in this community.

As police from all over closed in on the alleged shooter, he almost took his own life.

“He took the machine gun with the strap and put it to his chin, and I was hoping that he’ll shoot himself, and he didn’t. He put the gun down on the strap,” Lewis said.

Investigators are looking through a hate-filled manifesto that’s laced with racist language. Of the 13 people shot, 11 were Black.

“The should never happen to anyone in any community. It surely shouldn’t happen on a beautiful Saturday when people are just shopping and going through normal life events,” said Trini Ross, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of New York.

Many in the community are feeling anger and pain.

“This is the worst nightmare that any community can face,” Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said. “The depth of pain that families are feeling and that all of us are feeling right now cannot even be explained.”

“To see that sense of security shattered, by an individual, a white supremacist, who has engaged in an act of terrorism, and will be prosecuted as such, in a cold-hearted, cruel, calculating way,” Gov. Kathy Hochul said.

“This was pure evil. It was straight up racially motivated hate crime,” Erie County Sheriff John Garcia said.

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