BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Gov. Kathy Hochul, in a statement Monday, said the racially-motivated killings in Jacksonville, Florida, are “disturbingly similar” to the Buffalo mass shooting.
Three Black people were fatally shot inside a Dollar General store by a white man “carrying at least one weapon bearing a swastika,” an Associated Press report, citing officials, said. The suspect then killed himself, the AP said.
“Another American city is in mourning today after the latest racially-motivated mass shooting,” Hochul said. “A gunman with hate in his heart used a deadly firearm to unleash death and destruction in Jacksonville. Our hearts go out to the families of the victims and the entire Jacksonville community.”
On May 14, 2022, ten people were killed and three others were injured when a then-18-year-old came to Buffalo from Broome County and opened fire at the Tops store on Jefferson Avenue. He was later sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison.
“Sadly, New Yorkers know this feeling all too well,” Hochul said of the tragic incident in Florida. “Last year’s massacre of ten Buffalo residents was disturbingly similar to this shooting in Jacksonville: a gunman motivated by racism, a weapon of war used to massacre innocent people, and a community torn apart.”
In her statement, Hochul pointed out changes made to state laws in response to the mass shooting and encouraged lawmakers in Florida to do something.
“After the Buffalo massacre, New York took action to curb gun violence and prevent these acts of terror,” she said. “We raised the age to buy a semiautomatic rifle, strengthened our red flag laws, and required social media companies to improve their responses to hateful comments on their platforms. Florida’s leaders must do the same.”