UPDATED 9:58 AM PT – Monday, May 16, 2022
President Joe Biden is set to travel to Buffalo, New York in the wake of the deadly supermarket shooting. The White House released a statement over the weekend, which announced Biden and the First Lady will visit the city on Tuesday to grieve with the mourning community.
Jill and I pray for the victims, their families and devastated community from yesterday’s mass shooting in Buffalo, New York. Our hearts are heavy once again but our resolve must not waver; we must work together to address the hate that remains a stain on the soul of this nation.
— President Biden (@POTUS) May 15, 2022
Biden addressed the shooting on Sunday and assured the Justice Department is investigating the incident as a hate crime. He also praised the actions of law enforcement and offered condolences to the victims as well as their families. Ten people lost their lives during the attack. He also called on Americans to do everything in their power to end “hate-fueled domestic terrorism.”
Meanwhile, New York Governor Kathy Hochul (D) said CEOs of social media companies should be held accountable for certain crimes. During an interview Sunday, the Democrat said these chief executives need to assure the public that they are taking every step possible to monitor risky information.
Her remarks came after the suspected shooter reportedly posted a 180 page manifesto online, just one day before opening fire at the Buffalo supermarket. The act of violence left 10 people dead while the attack was live streamed for an online audience to witness.
“Well this manifesto tells everything to us and that is what is so bone-chiling about it,” stated the governor. “There is the ability for people to write and subscribe to such philosophies filled with hate and white supremacist acts of terrorism that are being fermented on social media, and to know that what this one individual did has been shared with the rest of the world.”
Hochul said violent hate messages need to be monitored and shut down the moment they are exposed. Meanwhile, the suspected gunman from the Buffalo shooting has been charged. One America’s Taylor Tinsley has more.