Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia said at least 10 people died and three others were injured in the shooting at Tops Friendly Markets. The shooting is being investigated as a hate crime. Authorities said 11 of the victims were Black, two were White.
The alleged gunman was identified as Payton Gendron, 18, of Conklin, New York. He was charged with first-degree moord and pleaded not guilty Saturday evening.
“Praying for and with our Buffalo community. Our hearts are with the victims, hul gesinne, en vriende,” the Bills said in a statement on Twitter, which prompted a crying and heart emoji from wide receiver Stefon Diggs.
Bills quarterback Josh Allen wrote that he was “absolutely heartbroken” for the victims, their families and the City of Buffalo.
“Extremely hard to express the emotions right now,” het hy getwiet.
Bills offensive lineman Rodger Saffold and safety Jaquan Johnson both offered prayers while discussing the tragedy.
Former Bills legends expressed their support, with Hall of Famer Thurman Thomas calling the news “heartbreaking and infuriating at the same time.”
“My love goes out to the Buffalo community and to those of you who lost someone. We are here for you, and we love you,” hy het geskryf.
Fred Jackson, another former Buffalo running back, wrote that his “heart hurts for the families and friends of the victims!!”
Giants general manager Joe Schoen and coach Brian Daboll released a joint statement Saturday night. Daboll previously served as offensive coordinator for the Bills.
“We are saddened by the senseless tragedy in Buffalo today,” lui die verklaring. “For us and several members of our staff, Buffalo is our hometown or our adopted 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.”
The Buffalo Sabres also released a statement, saying the organization was “heartbroken for our community today.”
“Our hearts are with the victims, hul gesinne, vriende, and all of Buffalo,” the team wrote on Twitter.
Retired Buffalo Police Officer Aaron Salter was among those killed in the shooting at Tops Friendly Markets.
He died while trying to protect others from the alleged shooter, who was ordered held without bail and is due back in court Thursday.