Here are the names of the victims from the mass shooting in Buffalo
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WGRZ/WHEC) — Ten people were killed and three were injured in the mass shooting Saturday afternoon at a Tops Supermarket in Buffalo.
Eleven of the victims were African American. Two of them were white. Four of the victims were store employees. The store’s security guard, a retired Buffalo Police officer is among those killed.
Here are the names of the victims:
Roberta A. Drury, 32
Margus D. Morrison, 52
Andre Mackneil, 53
Aaron Salter, 55
Geraldine Talley, 62
Celestine Chaney, 65
Heyward Patterson, 67
Katherine Massey, 72
Pearl Young, 77
Ruth Whitfield, 86
Here are the names of the victims that were injured:
Zaire Goodman, 20
Jennifer Warrington, 50
Christopher Braden, 55
The store’s security guard, a retired Buffalo Police officer is among those killed. He has been identified as Aaron Salter. Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia said Salter was a "hero in our eyes."
Ruth Whitfield, 86
Former Buffalo Fire Commissioner Garnell Whitfield spoke to 2 On Your Side’s Claudine Ewing Saturday evening and confirmed his mother, Ruth Whitfield, 86, was one of the victims in the shooting. Ruth Whitfield was on her way from visiting her husband in a nursing home and stopped at the store to get something to eat.
Pearly Young, 77
Pearly Young was killed Sunday shopping for groceries. She loved singing, dancing, & being with family. Young ran a food pantry in the Central Park neighborhood for 25 years, feeding people every Saturday. Her family says she loved singing, dancing and being with her family. She was a mother, grandmother, and missionary.
Pearly Young, 77, was killed today in #Buffalo shopping for groceries.— Madison Carter (@madisonlcarter) May 15, 2022
For 25 years she ran a pantry where every Saturday she fed people in Central Park. Every. Saturday.
She loved singing, dancing, & being with family.
She was mother, grandma, & missionary. Gone too soon ?? pic.twitter.com/dQ5X9KBJCQ
Also killed was shopper Katherine Massey, whose sister, Barbara Massey, called her "a beautiful soul."
Zaire Goodman, 20, was shot in the neck but was recovering, State Sen. Tim Kennedy told a church service on Sunday. Goodman is the son of a staffer for Kennedy.
The senator released the following statement reacting to Saturday’s events:
Tonight, a member of my staff, my extended family, is at ECMC when she should be at home. She’s sitting in a hospital waiting room, because her beautiful, extraordinary son was shot while he was simply doing his job.— Senator Tim Kennedy (@SenKennedy) May 14, 2022
My full statement on today’s shooting in Buffalo is below: pic.twitter.com/QnCOEBjVts
Tonight, a member of my staff, my extended family, is at ECMC when she should be at home. She’s sitting in a hospital waiting room because her beautiful, extraordinary son was shot while he was simply doing his job.
To say that I’m heartbroken tonight doesn’t even do it justice. I’m devastated. I’m angry. And I’m thinking about the families who won’t welcome a loved one home tonight. All because an individual filled with pure evil made a calculated decision to senselessly take innocent lives. Let us be clear: this was a hate crime and an act of terrorism on our community. It was racially motivated, extremism in its most pure form.
Although we may feel speechless, we will not remain silent.
These victims and the families of these victims will see justice. While we grieve tonight, we will get through this together. I ask that you keep the families of those lost and injured in your prayers.
The three surviving shooting victims were all taken to ECMC. Hospital spokesperson Peter Cutler says one of them has since been discharged and the other two are in stable condition.