The years Aaron Salter spent chasing down gunmen and arsonists as a Buffalo police officer paled in comparison to the dangers he faced while working as a supermarket security guard in his own Buffalo.
After confronting and killing the attacker at the Tops grocery on Jefferson Avenue before being shot to death on Saturday, Salter has been hailed by Buffalo Police Chief Joseph Gramaglia as “a hero in our eyes.”
A shooter opened fire at a supermarket, killing 10 people, including Salter, in an attack police said was motivated by racial prejudice. The names of the victims have not yet been disclosed by the police, who are still trying to locate their relatives.
He reported late Saturday that his elderly mother Ruth Whitfield was among the victims of the fire. Garnell W. Whitfield is the former Buffalo Fire Commissioner.
Garnell Whitfield described her mother as “the consummate mother.” Motherless children were no match for my mother. “She was a gift to us all.”
There were six people killed in the attack, one of whom was a woman called Katherine Massey. Saturday evening, a member of Massey’s family confirmed his death to the Buffalo News.
After Katherine Massey died on Saturday, her sister Barbara Massey texted a reporter and said, “She was a beautiful soul.”
The acquaintances of another victim said he was a deacon who also worked as a driver.
When her 30-year-old daughter asked her to go to Tops on Saturday afternoon, a mother in Buffalo, New York, told the Buffalo News that she gave her permission to do so. It was only after seeing a video of her daughter, who had been shot by the gunman as she walked out of the store, that she realized it was her daughter. She has yet to hear anything from the police in writing.
Salter was one of four store employees that were shot.
For the most of his tenure, he served in the Northeast District as a “beloved security guard” at the Jefferson Avenue facility. Aaron W. Salter is listed in the database as being 55 years old.
When Salter entered Tops around 2:30 p.m., he was the first to intervene and confront the shooter. Because of his protective tactical gear, Gramaglia claims that Salter fired multiple shots at his attacker and hit him, but none of the bullets were able to cause any harm.
In a racially motivated murdering spree, the assailant returned fire and killed Salter, a Black man.
First appears in 1992 when he and his colleague put out a kitchen fire and caught the arsonist as he attempted to flee the scene.
Three of the persons who died on Saturday were shot and killed as they were leaving their cars in the parking lot. Within the store, the remaining seven men were found dead. Gramaglia stated that three more persons were injured, but none of them were life-threatening.
Sen. Tim Kennedy’s staffer’s kid was among the injured, and he made a statement stating, “I’m in shock and disbelief. I’m infuriated. The families who will not be able to welcome a loved one home tonight also cross my mind. This all happened because a person filled with absolute wickedness decided to purposefully kill innocent people.”