Washington – According to the White House, US President Joe Biden will visit Buffalo on Tuesday after ten people have been shot dead in a racist attack on a grocery store in New York.
“The President and the First Lady will travel to Buffalo, New York, to grieve with the community that lost ten lives in a senseless and horrific mass shooting,” the White House statement said.
Buffalo authorities on Sunday released the names and ages of the victims, who ranged in age from 32 to 86.
Mr Biden said Sunday that he has been receiving updates from the White House, working with the Justice Department.
“We’re still gathering the facts; already the Justice Department has stated publicly and as investigating the matter as a hate crime, racially motivated act of white supremacy and violent extremism as they do,” Mr Biden said.
“We must all work together to address the hate. The remains of the stain on the soul of American hearts are heavy once again. What a resolve must never waver.”
Officials said that a heavily armed and tactical suspect exited a car at Tops Friendly Markets in Buffalo, shot dead four people in a parking lot, and killed three. He then went into the store, confronted a retired Buffalo police officer working as a security guard, and reportedly fired several shots at the suspect’s archer. According to police, the shooters killed guards, passed supermarkets and shot and killed others.
On Saturday, Attorney General Merrick Garland said that federal authorities are “investigating this matter as a hate crime and an act of racially-motivated violent extremism.”