Hero security guard Aaron Salter Jr. was mourned this afternoon in Buffalo, New York, as one of 10 dead in a horrific mass shooting at Tops Friendly Markets, reports said.
Payton Gendron, 18, who was wearing tactical body armor and a helmet when he entered Tops Friendly Market just after 2.30pm, is said to have opened fire on Saturday, killing ten people – including Salter.
Salzer, a The retired Buffalo Police Department officer pictured right was named the first victim after the alleged teenage gunman opened fire after driving five hours to the grocery store.
“Today is a shock,” his son Aaron Salter III told The Daily Beast in Lockport, a suburb of Buffalo.
“I’m pretty sure he saved some lives today. He is a hero.”
In a CBS program tonight, Salter’s heroic efforts to stop the suspected gunman were praised by both the mayor and his former colleagues.
During an emotional news conference, Eerie County Sheriff John Garcia stated that Gendron drove five hours to that particular area, which is a predominantly black community.
Gendron hails from Conklin, a community about 200 miles southeast of Buffalo.
As he got out of the car, police said he was heavily armed and carrying tactical gear, as well as a camera he is accused of using to live-stream the shooting.
Before entering the store, Gendron allegedly shot four people in the parking lot, three of whom died.
A total of 13 people were shot and 10 killed – and Salter was the only store worker to die in the bloody rampage.
Buffalo police entered the store and confronted the shooter, Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia said at a news conference.
“At that point, the suspect put the gun to his own neck. Buffalo police officers – two patrol officers – persuaded the suspect to drop the gun.
“He dropped the gun, took off some of his tactical gear, and surrendered at that point. And he was led outside and put in a police car,” he said.
Salter fired heroically with the accused gunman, but Gendron wore armor so he wouldn’t be hurt.
Gendron was reportedly arrested by police at the scene.
The gun used in the horrific attack was reportedly legal to buy in New York – but according to CBS it was illegally modified in Pennsylvania.
Authorities were working to quickly bring Gendron to court on Saturday night.
During the arraignment, he wore a paper coat and mask and was barefoot.
His attorney told the judge he pleaded not guilty to the first-degree murder charge. His attorney also requested a forensic examination.
The judge refused bail. After the hearing, the attorney working with him told WIVB4 that he had been retained to represent Gendron by the courts.
He will be back in the courtroom on Thursday morning.
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https://www.the-sun.com/news/5341865/tops-friendly-markets-shooting-victims-buffalo-payton-gendron/ Hero security guard Aaron Salter Jr. “died protecting” Tops Friendly Markets when “teen gunman drove 5 HOURS to kill 10”.