Saturday Afternoon Shoppers and a Security Guard Face the Horror of a Deliberate Attack on Their Community – Crime Online
Share this

Ten people were killed Saturday by an 18-year-old gunman who drove more than three hours to carry out his attack, fueled by the racist “great replacement” conspiracy theory, according to a lengthy manifesto he published online. Law enforcement is investigating the shooting as a hate crime, and federal authorities are looking at it as “racially-motivated, violent extremism.” as CrimeOnline previously reported.

Thirteen people were shot in all. Eleven were Black, two were white. Four were store employees, nine were shoppers. Four were shot outside, nine inside. Of the four store employees who were shot, only security guard Aaron Salter was killed. Of the three shot outside, one survived. The deceased ranged in age from 32 to 88. Four were men, and six were women.

These are their names:

Aaron W. Salter Jr, 55. Retired from Buffalo Police Department in 2018, Salter had worked security at the Tops market since then. Salter engaged Payton Gendron at the start of the massacre and shot him, but the teen’s body armor protected him. (Buffalo News)

Ruth Whitfield, 88. Whitfield was the mother of retired Buffalo Fire Commissioner Garnell W. Whitfield and three other children. “She devoted her life to her family,” her son said. (Buffalo News)

Katherine Massey, 72. A longtime civil rights and education advocate in Erie County, Massey had gone to Tops to get some groceries. Her sister and their brother were supposed to pick her up when she was done. (Buffalo News)

Roberta Drury, 32. A shopper, she had recently returned home to live with her mother, who said she had just walked out of the Tops market when Gendron shot her in the head. (Buffalo News)

Heyward Patterson. A deacon at True Bethel Baptist Church who frequently gave members a ride to the Tops market and helped with their groceries, Patterson died doing just that. He was helping an elderly woman load her groceries into her car when Gendron shot her — the first person he shot. Patterson was the second. (Buffalo News)

Celestine Chaney, 65. Chaney was visiting her sister, and the two went to the market. When the shooting started, her sister made it to safety. (New York Times)

Pearly Young, 77. Young ran a food pantry every Saturday for the past 25 years and loved singing, dancing, and family. (Madison Carter, Buffalo native reporter for WXIA in Atlanta)

Margus D. Morrison, 52.

Andre Mackneil, 53.

Geraldine Talley, 62.

People gather outside the scene of a shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo, N.Y., Sunday, May 15, 2022. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

For the latest true crime and justice news, subscribe to the ‘Crime Stories with Nancy Grace’ podcast.

[Top, L-R, Ruth Whitfield, Aaron Salter Jr, Katherine Massey, and Pearly Young. Bottom, L-R, Roberty Drury, Heyward Patterson, and Celestine Chaney/various handouts]

Share this
You May Also Like

Woman wanted in Aurora, police say she’s suspect in bias-motivated crime

AURORA, Colo. – Police in Aurora are asking for the public’s help…

Georgia Toddler Missing From Dad’s Front Yard – Crime Online

Gwinnett County Police Department Update 4:25 p.m.: Gwinnett County police said Sunday…

Ghislaine Maxwell Sentenced In Jeffrey Epstein Sex Abuse Case

Ghislaine Maxwell, the longtime associate of child sex predator Jeffrey Epstein, was…

John Eastman Wants to Get His Phone Back from the Feds

Donald Trump and John Eastman Former President Donald Trump’s pardon-curious election attorney John Eastman would…

Parkland community comes to support Uvalde in time of crisis

UVALDE, Texas – This story references suicide. If you or someone you…

Justice Alito Opinion Deals Major Blow to Miranda Rights

The Supreme Court’s conservative majority ruled 6-3 Thursday that “Miranda rights” are…

Where is Nicholas Plaza? South Texas Crime Stories

SAN ANTONIO – It’s a 2001 case dealing with lies, abuse, and…

Inside The Relationship Of Mob Boss Whitey Bulger And His Brother William

In 1995, Whitey Bulger was on the lam when he contacted his…