Hero: Ex-Cop Working Security at Buffalo Grocery Store Among Victims Killed in Racist Attack

Hero: Ex-Cop Working Security at Buffalo Grocery Store Among Victims Killed in Racist Attack
Hero: Ex-Cop Working Security at Buffalo Grocery Store Among Victims Killed in Racist Attack

One of the ten persons killed in a hate-fueled mass shooting in Buffalo, New York, on Saturday was a veteran police officer who died trying to stop the massacre.

Aaron Salter, Jr., 55, retired from the Buffalo Police Department 4 years ago after 30 years on the job. Salter was the supermarket’s friendliest security guard, according to regular consumers at Tops Friendly Markets.

In the aftermath of Saturday’s horrific carnage, Salter is being hailed as a hero after officials verified the retired cop attempted to apprehend alleged murderer Payton S. Gendron moments after the heavily armed 18-year-old slaughtered three people just outside the market’s entrance.

Salter was armed and opened fire on the shooter, who was outfitted in combat gear and body armor.

“The security guard that was killed did shoot and hit the suspect but it did not penetrate the body armor,” explained Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, speaking to NPR Sunday. “Former Buffalo Police Lieutenant Aaron Salter died a hero trying to stop the shooter and protect others in the community.”

His mother worked at Tops for years before retiring in 1986, according to sources.

The shooter appears to have planned the massacre over many months. According to an online manifesto, the gunman is a white supremacist who traveled many hours to Buffalo to murder individuals in a primarily Black area.

At a press conference on Saturday, Erie County Sheriff John Garcia stated, “It was, straight up, a racially motivated hate crime” committed by a “pure evil” individual.

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