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White House, Josh Allen, local leaders react to Buffalo mass shooting

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Following Saturday’s mass shooting at the Tops Markets location on Jefferson Avenue in Buffalo, political leaders at the local and national levels responded, as well as important figures in the area. Some of those responses can be seen below.

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre

“The President has been briefed by his Homeland Security Advisor on the horrific shooting in Buffalo, NY this afternoon. He will continue to receive updates throughout the evening and tomorrow as further information develops. The President and the First Lady are praying for those who have been lost and for their loved ones.”

Bills QB Josh Allen

“Extremely hard to express the emotions right now. Absolutely heartbroken for the victims and their families, and for the City of Buffalo.”

N.Y. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

“I am heartbroken for the victims of today’s shooting in Buffalo, and am praying for their loved ones and first responders. We must do more to address the scourge of racism and anti-Semitism, and to pass commonsense gun safety measures to keep our communities safe.”

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N.Y. Governor Kathy Hochul

“I am closely monitoring the shooting at a grocery store in Buffalo. We have offered assistance to local officials. If you are in Buffalo, please avoid the area and follow guidance from law enforcement and local officials.”

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz

“I have been advised of an active multiple shooting event at the Tops Markets on Jefferson Street in Buffalo. Police are on scene. Please stay away from the area.”

State Senate Minority Leader Rob Ortt

“The tragic shooting that occurred in a Buffalo supermarket Saturday afternoon is heartbreaking for our community and people all across the state and country. My wife and I are praying for the victims and their families. 

I want to thank the Buffalo Police Department and Emergency Medical Services for quick action in detaining the suspect and aiding the injured.

New Yorkers stand together in condemning this despicable violence.”

Buffalo Bills

“Praying for and with our Buffalo community. Our hearts are with the victims, their families and friends.”

Buffalo Sabres

“We are heartbroken for our community today. Our hearts are with the victims, their families, friends and all of Buffalo.”

Former Bills running back Thurman Thomas

“The news today is heartbreaking and infuriating at the same time. My love goes out to the Buffalo community and to those of you who lost someone. We are here for you and we love you.”

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