Yonkers community shaken following fatal Buffalo supermarket mass shooting
Communities across the Hudson Valley were on high alert Sunday, following Saturday's fatal shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo that left 10 people dead.
Investigators say the 18-year-old accused of killing 10 people and injuring three others was motivated by hate.
"This is all too often that this happens in America...all too often this happens in our urban centers. It's a reminder that hate is rampant in 2022, " said Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano.
Authorities say the shooter was wearing military-style clothing and was live streaming it all on Twitch. Eleven of his victims were Black.
At Sacred Heart Church in Yonkers, worshippers attended Sunday Mass with a heavy heart and voiced their frustration and anger.
"That's what struck me yesterday, it's like we're not safe anywhere anymore" said parishioner Joseph Byrns.
According to the New York State Division of Criminal Justice, in 2020 there were 40 hate crime incidents reported in Westchester County, which is almost double from 2019 at 23.
"We have to go back home and hug our kids and remind them that…we're all God's creatures. No matter where we are, the color of our skin or the religion we practice," said Spano.
Yonkers Police Commissioner Chris Sapienza said Yonkers police have amped up their presence in certain areas, and will be noticeable over the next several days.
"We've increased our patrols to houses of worship, supermarkets, malls...to any place where there are large gatherings of people," said Sapienza.
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