Chilling Buffalo shooting radio call reveals how horror unfolded in attack that killed 10 and saw bodies strewn on floor
HARROWING audio footage has revealed how the horror of a store shooting unfolded that saw 10 people killed.
Cops told dispatchers that bodies were strewn outside the Tops Friendly Markets store in Buffalo, New York at around 2:30pm on Saturday – moments after suspected gunman Payton Gendron opened fire.
Officers and firefighters that were scrambled to the scene saw victims lying on the ground, the Buffalo News reported.
Just three minutes later, one police officer yelled: “Radio, send as many cars as you possibly can.”
Crews were warned about a potential active shooter situation.
Around six minutes after cops were first dispatched to the store, Gendron, 18, was cornered and in police custody.
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Officials say that Gendron planned to continue his rampage had he escaped the Tops store.
Buffalo Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia told ABC News on Monday: “We have uncovered information that if he escaped the [Tops] supermarket, he had plans to continue his attack.
"He had plans to continue driving down Jefferson Ave to shoot more black people … possibly go to another store [or] location."
US Attorney Merrick Garland revealed that the Department of Justice is investigating the shooting as a "hate crime" and "an act of racially-motivated violent extremism".
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Aaron Salter, Roberta Drury, 32; Margus Morrison, 52 and Geraldine Talley were among the victims of the shooting.
Celestine Chaney, 65, Heyward Patterson, 67; Katherine Massey, 72; Pearl Young 77; Ruth Whitfield, 86, and Andre Mackneil, 53 also died.
Retired Buffalo Fire Commissioner Garnell W. Whitfield, paid tribute to the 86-year-old as he told The Buffalo News: “My mom was the consummate mom. My mother was a mother to the motherless.
“She was a blessing to all of us. She loved God and taught us to do the same thing."
Meanwhile, Pearl asked to be dropped off at the store on the day of the shooting.
Her son Damon was supposed to pick her up, according to the Washington Post.
The pair had been speaking throughout but lost contact when the chaos unfolded.
Damon said: "She wasn't answering, wasn't calling back", before learning that his mom had been killed.
And, a woman, who was on the way to the store when the shooting happened, was told to turn back by her sister.
She told The Sun: "If my sister never called. I believe we would've been killed."
She branded the gun violence "traumatizing", and admitted that she's been left scared to go to the grocery store.
Zaire Goodman, 20, Jennifer Warrington, 50, and Christopher Braden, 55, were treated in a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and have since been released.
Of the 13 victims, 11 were black, according to law enforcement.
Customers hid in freezers to escape the bloody rampage at the store.
Lamont Thomas and his daughter Londin, eight, crammed behind a set of milk coolers.
Lamont described the shots as “never-ending”.
Gendron reportedly made violent threats toward other students at his high school, which prompted a police investigation in June 2021.
He had reportedly spoken about carrying out a shooting at a graduation ceremony or at a similar event, according to The Buffalo News.
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The school officials described him as a "very troubled young man," leading state police to investigate him under a section of mental health laws.
He was then referred for a mental health evaluation and counseling.
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