The quick response of Buffalo police may have prevented the death toll from surpassing the 10 victims who were slain at Tops Markets on Saturday, authorities said.
But the circumstances around the peaceful surrender of the allegedly white supremacist shooter remained a sore spot among some in the Black community Sunday afternoon, the Buffalo News reports.
If the shooter were Black, said Betty Maclin of Buffalo, “he’d have been dead before he came out the door.”
“The Buffalo Police responded in less than two minutes after this incident began,” Mayor Byron W. Brown said in an afternoon news conference. "If not for their swift response and courageous actions, more lives probably would have been lost yesterday.”
Erie County Sheriff John Garcia said the decision of responding officers to confront the heavily-armed shooter rather than wait for backup likely prevented more carnage.