Mother and daughter escape gunfire at Buffalo store: ‘By the grace of God we got out’


In the uproar, she realized she was estranged from her daughter.

Fragrance Harris Stanfield, a mother of seven, was working at a Tops grocery store in Buffalo, New York, when she heard gunshots.

“We all looked towards the front door. We saw the security guard backing up, grabbing his gun. And we ran,” she said.

One of Stanfield’s children – his 20-year-old daughter – also worked at the store, in Register 6.

In the commotion, Stanfield said she realized she was estranged from her daughter.

“I didn’t know where she was. And I just thought if she was gone, I had to get out of here. She has babies – she has a newborn and she has a 3-year-old, so I If I came back for her and she was gone, I would have gone too. And then they won’t have anyone, “said Stanfield, overwhelmed with emotion. “So I ran and ran anyway in back.”

Stanfield later learned that his daughter was crouched by a register during the gunfire and saw two people being shot.

Stanfield said his daughter “covered her face” when the shooter passed so he “wouldn’t hear her breathing.”

“By the grace of God, we got out,” she said.

Stanfield and his daughter were among those who escaped alive on Saturday when a gunman killed 10 people – all black – at a Buffalo supermarket. Authorities call the massacre a “racially motivated hate crime”. The 18-year-old suspected shooter is in custody.

Annette Parker and her 9-year-old daughter were coming out of a Family Dollar store, a few yards from the grocery store, when they heard gunshots.

Parker picked up her daughter and started running, she told ABC News.

“My mom lives down the street…so I ran to her house,” she said.

Parker said her daughter was terrified and they were staying with their family.

But Parker, with tears in his eyes, said the hate wouldn’t stop him from coming back.

“It’s not going to stop me or my daughter. This is my community,” she said.

ABC News’ Stephanie Ramos, Katie O’Brien, Briana Stewart and Matt Foster contributed to this report.

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