Buffalo shooting stirs memories of past gun violence incident at West Hempstead supermarket

In that April 2021 incident, a gunman entered a Stop and Shop supermarket where one person was killed and several others were injured.

News 12 Staff

May 15, 2022, 3:11 AM

Updated 704 days ago

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The Buffalo supermarket shooting Saturday afternoon made Long Islanders recall a high-profile shooting at a West Hempstead supermarket a little over a year ago.
Now in Buffalo, 10 were killed and three wounded in what police say was a racially motivated shooting.
Police identified the shooter as 18-year-old Payton Gendron, of Conklin, New York.
They say Gendron arrived at the store wearing a full military style body armor and helmet while carrying a high-power rifle and a camera to live stream the shooting.
He was arrested and was charged with first-degree murder.
Authorities in Buffalo said they're investigating the shooting as a hate crime.
The shooting in Buffalo is just another in a string of high-profile shootings in New York state.
Last month, 10 people aboard a train at Brooklyn subway station were shot. That incident also resulted in 20 others injured.
Here on the Island back in April 2021, a gunman killed one and injured several others at the West Hempstead supermarket.
"I remember seeing it on the news, being super worried about my family," said Anthony Foto, who lives close to the Stop And Shop in West Hempstead. He added that he'll never forget that day.
Nassau police would later arrest Gabriel DeWitt Wilson, calling him a disgruntled worked who killed the store manager and shot others.
Foto and others said the Buffalo shooting brings back bad memories of what happened at their local grocery store and hope things like this will stop.
"There is no explanation for something like that. It's not like crime. It feels like someone kind of just snapped," Foto said.
"It's crazy, I mean, it's reality right now," said Mark Ray, of Garden City.
Gendron is being held without bond.
If found guilty of first-degree murder, he faces life behind bars without chance of parole.
Meantime, here on the Island, police intensified patrols at some businesses and large gathering places.


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