The suspected perpetrator of Saturday’s shooting had planned to continue his attack beyond the Tops supermarket had he not been apprehended by police, Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia told ABC News on Monday. .
“We have uncovered information that if he escaped the [Tops] supermarket, he intended to continue his attack,” Gramaglia said. “He intended to continue down Jefferson Ave to shoot more black people…maybe go to another store [or] location.”
Eleven of the 13 people who were shot – including the 10 who died – are black.
The suspected shooter was charged with first-degree murder hours after his arrest, according to law enforcement officials.
The FBI is investigating the shooting as a hate crime and “an example of racially motivated violent extremism,” while federal authorities are also investigating possible terrorism charges.
This story originally appeared on the morning edition live blog.