A mass shooting at a Buffalo, New York, grocery store left 10 people dead as police audio traffic detailed the chaotic scene and how police had the teenage suspect in custody within minutes.
“Send as many cars as you possibly can,” one first responder said in the immediate aftermath on police radio traffic obtained by FrontPageDetectives.
Around 2:30 p.m. on May 14, police and fire crews were called to the Tops grocery store for a report of a shooting. Police were dispatched to a shots fired call and then told that it was possibly an active shooter with shots being fired.
Officers arrived in minutes and confirmed some people were down and that the suspect might have body armor.
About 5 minutes after police were called to the scene, they relayed to other officers and emergency dispatchers that the suspect was in custody, according to the police radio traffic.
The shooter was identified as Payton S. Gendron, 18, of Conklin, New York, according to the Erie County District Attorney’s Office. He was charged, so far, with one count of murder and is being held without bond.
Twitch reported the shooting was live-streamed on its platform but was shut down within minutes.
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Officers and fire crews flooded the scene after the initial reports and found victims down inside the store. When police initially said that two people were down outside and three more were hurt inside.
“You got more in here,” one officer immediately said.
Emergency responders called for homicide detectives and noticed that at least two of the victims were shot in the head. Authorities then worked to secure the scene and to preserve the evidence.
“We have numerous bodies, and we have magazines and bullets and everything,” a first responder said.
Within 10 minutes, family members had arrived at the store looking for family members, according to police radio traffic.
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