The Montgomery County Council stands in solidarity with the residents of Buffalo following a mass shooting Saturday at Tops Friendly Markets grocery store.
The suspect — an 18-year-old white man —traveled hours to a predominantly Black neighborhood in Buffalo where he killed 10 people and injured 3 others, according to officials in New York.
The Department of Justice is investigating the mass shooting as a hate crime and an act of racially-motivated violent extremism.
“Our hearts break for those who lost their lives and their families and loved ones. Our thoughts also go out to the survivors of this racially motivated extremism,” the council said in a statement. “In the midst of our grief about this tragedy, we must all recommit ourselves to stamp out hate in all its forms and to continue the fight for gun control across our nation. We stand with the residents of Buffalo, and we encourage Montgomery County residents to remain vigilant and report all acts of hate or discrimination in our own community.”
Montgomery County residents can report a hate crime by calling 301-279-8000 or 911 in an emergency. More information on hate crimes can be found here.
Photo Courtesy: Erie County Sheriff’s Office