The US President and First Lady traveled to the city in the US state of New York in the morning. They then wanted to meet with families of the victims, first responders, police and local politicians.
On Saturday, a gunman opened fire with an assault rifle in front of and in a supermarket, killing ten people and injuring three others. The 18-year-old suspect was arrested at the scene. According to investigators, the crime was racially motivated – 11 of the 13 victims were black, and Buffalo has a mostly black population. A 180-page manifesto with racist and violent statements has appeared on the Internet, which is attributed to the accused.
“The President will denounce this despicable act for what it is: terrorism motivated by a hateful and perverse ideology that is tearing the soul of our nation,” White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre said before arriving in Buffalo. Biden wanted to address the people of the country with a speech in Buffalo at noon (local time).