Biden says he, first lady, ‘prays’ for Buffalo shooting victims; condemns possible hate crimes

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On Saturday evening, President Biden called the shooting in Buffalo, New York, which left at least 10 dead and 3 injured earlier in the day, “senseless” and condemned “domestic terrorism fueled by hate”, noting that the shooter’s motivation is still under investigation.

“Tonight, we mourn the families of ten people whose lives were taken for no reason and all who suffer physical and emotional injuries from this horrific shooting,” the president said in a statement.

“We are grateful for the bravery of law enforcement and other first responders who took immediate action to try to protect and save lives. The First Lady and I pray for the victims and their families, and the hearts of the whole country are with the people of Buffalo.”

NEW YORK POLICE SAYS 13 PEOPLE SHOT, 10 DEAD IN ‘MASS SHOOTING’ AT BUFFALO GROCERY

President Joe Biden speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Friday, May 13, 2022.
(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Biden said that while the motivation for the shooting isn’t entirely clear, “we don’t need anything more to state a clear moral truth: A racially motivated hate crime is abhorrent to the very fabric of this nation. Any act of domestic terrorism, including an act perpetrated in the name of a repugnant white nationalist ideology, is contrary to everything we stand for in America.”

ATTORNEY GENERAL GARLAND SAYS JUSTICE DEPARTMENT IS INVESTIGATING BUFFALO MASS SHOOTING ‘AS A HATE CRIME’

Police secure an area around a supermarket where several people were killed in a shooting, Saturday May 14, 2022 in Buffalo, NY Officials said the shooter entered the supermarket with a gun and opened fire.  Investigators believe the man may have broadcast the shooting live and was investigating whether he posted a manifesto online (Derek Gee/The Buffalo News via AP)
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Police secure an area around a supermarket where several people were killed in a shooting, Saturday May 14, 2022 in Buffalo, NY Officials said the shooter entered the supermarket with a gun and opened fire. Investigators believe the man may have broadcast the shooting live and was investigating whether he posted a manifesto online (Derek Gee/The Buffalo News via AP)
(Derek Gee/The Buffalo News via AP)

The Department of Justice said on Saturday that the shooting, which occurred at a supermarket, was being investigated as a “racially motivated” hate crime and that the shooting would have said in previous writings online that he was motivated by the New Zealand gunman who killed dozens of Muslim worshippers. in 2019, according to the New York Daily News.

Police walk past a small memorial as they investigate after a supermarket shooting Saturday, May 14, 2022 in Buffalo, NY (AP Photo/Joshua Bessex)

Police walk past a small memorial as they investigate after a supermarket shooting Saturday, May 14, 2022 in Buffalo, NY (AP Photo/Joshua Bessex)
(AP Photo/Joshua Bessex)

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Eleven of the victims were black and two were white.

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