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President Joe Biden, New York Governor Kathy Hochul and local lawmakers were among those responding to a mass shooting in Buffalo on Saturday afternoon, where a self-proclaimed white supremacist killed 10 people and injured three others .
Payton Gendron, 18, has been arrested for carrying out the shooting incident, which he allegedly broadcast live on video game streaming platform Twitch, authorities said.
In a statement, Governor Kathy Hochul said she hoped Gramaglia would be held accountable for her action, including imprisonment for “the rest of her life.”
“I sincerely hope that this individual, this white supremacist who has just committed a hate crime against an innocent community, will spend the rest of his life behind bars. And may heaven help him in the next world as well,” Hochul said.
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White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre released a statement saying Biden and First Lady Jill Biden were aware of the shooting incident and were praying for those affected.
“The President was briefed by his Homeland Security Advisor on the horrific shooting in Buffalo, NY this afternoon. He will continue to receive updates throughout the evening and tomorrow as further new information will develop,” said Jean-Pierre. “The President and First Lady are praying for those who have been lost and for their loved ones.”
President Biden then issued a statement later honoring members of law enforcement who “took immediate action” to end the shooting.
“Tonight, we mourn the families of ten whose lives were taken senselessly and all who suffer the physical and emotional injuries of this horrific shooting. We are grateful for the bravery of law enforcement personnel and other first responders who took immediate action to try to protect and save lives,” Biden said. “The First Lady and I are praying for the victims and their families, and the hearts of the entire country are with the people of Buffalo.”
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Biden also said racism and domestic terrorism “runs contrary” to what America stands for, as Saturday’s attack would be racially motivated.
“We still need to know more about the motivation for today’s shooting as law enforcement does their job, but we don’t need anything else to state a clear moral truth. : a racially motivated hate crime is abhorrent to the very fabric of this nation,” he added. “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. Hatred must have no refuge. We must do whatever is in our power to end hateful domestic terrorism.”
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand also tweeted about the incident, condemning “the scourge of racism and anti-Semitism.”
“I am heartbroken for the victims of today’s shooting in Buffalo and praying for their loved ones and first responders,” Gillibrand tweeted. “We must do more to fight the scourge of racism and anti-Semitism, and adopt common sense gun safety measures to keep our communities safe.”
I am heartbroken for the victims of today’s shooting in Buffalo and pray for their loved ones and first responders.
We must do more to fight the scourge of racism and anti-Semitism and adopt common sense gun safety measures to keep our communities safe.
— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) May 14, 2022
Senator Chuck Schumer also said race-based hatred ‘has no place’ in New York or the United States
“I feel sorry for the victims and their families. I feel sorry for Buffalo. I feel sorry for the tight-knit community on the East Side. Racism has no place in our state or our country. I spoke with the Mayor of Buffalo and offered help we can provide.We stand with the people of Buffalo.
I suffer for the victims and their families. I feel bad for Buffalo. I feel bad for the tight-knit community on the East Side. Racism has no place in our state or country.
I have spoken with the Mayor of Buffalo and offered all the help we can provide. We stand with the people of Buffalo.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) May 14, 2022
MP Elise Stefanik tweeted that she was “very saddened” and prayed for “the entire community and law enforcement”.
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The reaction overtook politicians as Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen said he was “absolutely heartbroken” by the shooting.
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