June 30, 2022

Buffalo, NY mass shooting victims: Police release names of those killed at Tops supermarket, including ‘hero’ guard Aaron Salter

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Buffalo Police Division has launched the names of those killed in a mass shooting at a grocery store.

Right here is the total listing supplied by police:

Roberta A. Drury of Buffalo, NY – age 32
Margus D. Morrison of Buffalo, NY – age 52
Andre Mackneil of Auburn, NY – age 53
Aaron Salter of Lockport, NY – age 55
Geraldine Talley of Buffalo, NY – age 62
Celestine Chaney of Buffalo, NY – age 65
Heyward Patterson of Buffalo, NY – age 67
Katherine Massey of Buffalo, NY – age 72
Pearl Younger of Buffalo, NY – age 77
Ruth Whitfield of Buffalo, NY – age 86

Aaron Salter was a beloved group member and safety guard who knew the consumers of Tops Pleasant Market by title. After they got here beneath assault from a gunman with a rifle, he rapidly sprung into motion to guard his group.

The retired Buffalo police officer fired a number of instances at the attacker, hanging his armor-plated vest at least as soon as. The bullet did not pierce, and Salter was shot and killed.

“He’s a true hero,” Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia stated Sunday. “There could have been more victims if not for his actions.”

Salter was one of 10 killed in an assault whose victims represented a cross-section of life within the predominantly Black neighborhood in Buffalo, New York. They have been gunned down by a white man who authorities say confirmed up at the shop with the “express purpose” of killing Black folks. Three others have been wounded.

Salter, who was Black, “cared about the community. He looked after the store,” stated native resident Yvette Mack. She remembered him as somebody who “let us know if we was right or wrong.”

Mack would stroll to the shop to play lottery numbers and store. She stated she spoke to Salter shortly earlier than the shooting.

“I was playing my numbers. He said ‘I see you’re playing your numbers!’ I laughed. And he was playing his numbers too. Can you imagine seeing someone, and you don’t know he’s not going to go home?” she stated.

The folks Salter tried to guard embrace a person who was on the town visiting kinfolk and was selecting up a shock birthday cake for his grandson.

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“He never came out with the cake,” Clarissa Alston-McCutcheon stated of her cousin. She stated this type of shock was typical for him. He was “just a loving and caring guy. Loved family. Was always there for his family.”

Ruth Whitfield was the 86-year-old mom of retired Buffalo Fireplace Commissioner Garnell Whitfield. She had simply visited her husband at a nursing residence, as she did each day, when she stopped at Tops to purchase a number of groceries and was killed, her son informed The Buffalo Information.

Ruth Whitfield was “a mother to the motherless” and “a blessing to all of us,” her son stated. He attributed her energy and dedication to household to her sturdy non secular religion.

“She inspired me to be a man of God, and to do whatever I do the best I could do. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without her,” Garnell Whitfield stated.

Roberta Drury had just lately returned residence to stay along with her mom, Dezzelynn McDuffie, who informed The Buffalo Information that the 32 yr previous had walked to Tops to choose up some groceries Saturday afternoon. Quickly, McDuffie noticed horrifying movies circulating on social media that appeared to indicate the gunman shooting her daughter simply outdoors the shop.

Additionally killed was shopper Katherine Massey, whose sister, Barbara Massey, known as her “a beautiful soul,” and Haywood Patterson, who labored as a driver, giving folks rides to and from Tops and serving to them with groceries.

Patterson was loading an aged lady’s groceries into his automobile when he was killed, good friend Tony Sanders informed The Buffalo Information. Sanders stated Patterson’s first title was Heyward, though a church bulletin listed him as Haywood. Sanders stated Patterson was a deacon in his church and “my best friend.”

Zaire Goodman, 20, was among the many wounded, having been shot within the neck, state Sen. Tim Kennedy informed a church service on Sunday. Goodman is the son of a staffer for Kennedy.

“I’m devastated. I’m angry,” Kennedy stated, including that Goodman was recovering. “And I’m thinking about the families who won’t welcome a loved one home tonight.”

ABC7 Chicago contributed to this report.