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The city of Buffalo is in mourning on Saturday following a devastating mass shooting at a local supermarket that left 10 people dead and three others injured.
According to the Buffalo Police Department, the heavily armed suspect, an 18-year-old white male, was arrested at the scene after opening fire at a Tops Friendly Markets in Erie County around 2:30 PM ET. Eleven of the 13 victims were black while the other two were white, according to BPD. The FBI later announced that the shooting, which took place in a predominantly black neighborhood, is being investigated as a hate crime and a “case of racist violent extremism.”
In the aftermath of Saturday’s tragedy, several members of the Bills and Giants took a moment to express their condolences to the victims and those affected by the news.
“Pray for and with our Buffalo community. Our hearts are with the victims, their families and friends, “the Bills said in a statement released on Twitter. The organization’s response elicited a response from receiver Stefon Diggs, who shared a weeping emoji and a heart.
Bills quarterback Josh Allen took to social media to rate the news shortly thereafter.
“Extremely difficult to express emotions right now. Absolutely heartbroken for the victims and their families and for the city of Buffalo, ”Allen wrote.
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Giants general manager Joe Schoen and first year manager Brian Daboll released a joint statement on Saturday night sharing their thoughts on the situation.
“We are saddened by the senseless tragedy that occurred in Buffalo today,” the statement began. “For us and many of our staff members, Buffalo is our hometown or foster home. On behalf of the Giants organization and those of us who come from Buffalo, our hearts go out to the victims and their families and to the entire Buffalo community. “
Bills offensive lineman Rodger Saffold and safety Jaquan Johnson also faced the tragedy on Saturday, both offering their prayers to the Buffalo community.
“Prayers to all those affected by the mass shooting in Buffalo this afternoon. Trust your family and community in this difficult time, ”Saffold wrote.
Johnson added, “Prayers to the Buffalo community and families who have lost loved ones!”
As surrounding communities and the country at large mourn yet another senseless act of gun violence, investigations into Saturday’s shooting are already fully underway.
Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn told media that the alleged shooter has been charged with first degree murder since Saturday night. He is scheduled for another court hearing next week, according to the Associated Press.