New York’s black churches face more scrutiny after Buffalo shooting on Saturday: NYPD

New York police are deploying additional forces to black places of worship as a precaution after a deadly shooting in Buffalo, New York, on Saturday, a weekend the nation saw gunfights that also sent crowds running in Milwaukee and Los Angeles.

In Buffalo, the Tops Friends Market grocery store shooting unfolded as a suspect wearing military-style clothing and a bullet-proof vest shot dead at least 10 people around 2:30 p.m., The Associated Press reported. .

Evidence suggests race may have been a motivating factor in that attack, Erie County District Attorney John Flynn said at a news conference. He confirmed that 11 of the 13 people shot were black and said the suspect allegedly targeted Buffalo for its large black population, driving hours away from his home in an undisclosed New York county.

In response to the reports, the NYPD contacted officers in Buffalo.

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Out of ‘abundance of caution,’ the New York Police Department will provide additional security this weekend to churches in communities of color following a racially motivated mass shooting in Buffalo, NY Above, a member of the NYPD wearing a ‘back the blue face mask’ stands during a candlelight vigil outside St. Patrick’s Cathedral on January 6 in New York City.
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“We contacted our Buffalo PD partners immediately upon learning of the attack,” said Sgt. NYPD spokesman Brendan Ryan said Newsweek in an email. “We offered any assistance and began running the suspect through our databases to determine if we had any information. [of] value to Buffalo PD or if there was a New York City connection.

“While we assess there is no threat to New York City resulting from this incident, out of an abundance of caution, we have moved counterterrorism and patrol resources to pay particular attention to a number places and areas, including major places of worship in communities of Color.”

The Buffalo suspect, identified as 18-year-old Payton Gendron by Buffalo City Court Chief Judge Craig Hannah, has been charged with first-degree murder, according to CNN. He is due in court at 9:30 a.m. ET Thursday.

Attorney General Merrick B. Garland released a statement about the mass shooting Saturday night, calling it a “hate crime.”

“Tonight, the country mourns the victims of a horrific and senseless shooting in Buffalo, New York. The FBI and ATF are working closely with the Buffalo Police Department and federal, state, and local partners charged with the law enforcement,” Garland said in the statement. “The Department of Justice is investigating this matter as a hate crime and an act of racially motivated violent extremism. The Department of Justice is committed to a thorough and prompt investigation of this shooting and to seeking justice for these innocent victims.”

Live-streaming platform Twitch confirmed to CNN that the incident was broadcast, and federal officials said an alleged manifesto allegedly posted by the suspect was also under review.

In the wake of the Buffalo shooting, Los Angeles police are searching for a suspect who shot someone outside bustling downtown Grand Central Market in another weekend shooting that left run away from customers.

LAPD responded at 3:56 p.m. Saturday to a report of a shooting near Grand Central Market on South Hill Street, according to the Los Angeles Times. The victim was in an unknown condition, officer Rosario Cervantes told the newspaper.

A male suspect remained at large as police searched the area. Videos shared on social media platforms showed frightened customers running away.

An employee told the newspaper that the incident happened near the entrance to the venue, described on its website as “the largest and oldest public market” in Los Angeles offering 40 vendor stalls that “house a unique blend of Los Angeles legacy vendors.” “

In Milwaukee on Friday night, fans of a Milwaukee Bucks-Boston Celtics game fled to the streets as three people were shot near the Fiserv Forum.

The shooting saw a man and two women suffer non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

In other shootings in Milwaukee on Friday, three people were killed in three separate shootings, according to a report by Fox 6 of Milwaukee.

Newsweek contacted the Los Angeles Police Department and the Buffalo Police Department for comment.

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