Community to rally at Long Beach City Hall after mass shooting in Buffalo

In response to what authorities say was a racially-motivated mass shooting at a Buffalo, New York, supermarket on Saturday local activists plan to rally outside of Long Beach City Hall Sunday night.

On Saturday, Buffalo authorities said 18-year-old Payton Gendron, who lives in a city more than 200 miles from the shooting location, drove to a supermarket in a historically Black neighborhood and shot and killed 10 people, almost all of them Black. Three others were wounded.

Of the 13 victims, 11 were Black.

“We want to see real justice,” Anthony Bryson, a community organizer for tonight’s rally, said. “We want to see justice for all 13.”

Gendron was arrested at the scene and charged with murder in the first degree.

At this time, the U.S. Department of Justice is investigating the mass shooting “as a hate crime and an act of racially-motivated violent extremism,” according to a statement from U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland, as reported by CNN.

Organizers of the local gathering said they want to create a space for the community to come together. The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. today, May 15, at City Hall, 411 W. Ocean Blvd. 

Organizers noted that Saturday’s shooting came roughly six months after Kyle Rittenhouse, 18, was acquitted of charges after fatally shooting two people during unrest over the police shooting of a Black man last year in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Rittenhouse said he acted in self defense.

“After a year of protest in the streets will our POC [people of color] siblings find justice and safety within their own community,” organizers said in a statement.

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Crystal Niebla is the West Long Beach reporter through the Report for America program. Philanthropic organizations pledged to cover the local donor portion of her grant-funded position with the Post. If you want to support Crystal's work, you can donate to her Report For America position at lbpost.com/support.
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