Buffalo, NY mass shooting victims: Police release names of those killed at Tops supermarket, including ‘hero’ guard Aaron Salter

BUFFALO, NY – The Buffalo Police Department has released the names of those killed in a mass shooting at a supermarket.

The following is the complete list provided by the police:

Roberta A. Drury of Buffalo, NY – age 32 years
Margus D. Morrison of Buffalo, NY – age 52
Andre Mackneil from Auburn, NY – age 53
Aaron Salter of Lockport, NY – age 55 years
Geraldine Talley of Buffalo, NY – age 62
Celestine Chaney of Buffalo, NY – age 65 years
Heyward Patterson of Buffalo, New York – age 67
Katherine Massey of Buffalo, New York – age 72
Pearl Young of Buffalo, NY – age 77 years
Ruth Whitfield of Buffalo, NY – age 86 years

Aaron Salter was a beloved community member and security guard who knew Tops Friendly Market buyers by name. When attacked by a gunman with a rifle, he quickly took action to protect his community.

The retired Buffalo police officer fired several shots at the assailant, hitting his armored vest at least once. The bullet did not pierce and Salter was shot and killed.

“He is a true hero,” Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia said on Sunday. “There could have been more victims if not for his actions.”

Salter was one of 10 dead in an attack in which the victims represented a crossroads of life in the predominantly black neighborhood of Buffalo, New York. They were killed by a white man who authorities say appeared in the store with the “express purpose” of killing blacks. Three others were injured.

Salter, who was Black, “was concerned about the community. He was taking care of the store,” said area resident Yvette Mack. He remembered him as someone who “informed us if we were right or wrong”.

Mack went to the store to play lottery numbers and shop. He said he spoke to Salter shortly before the shooting.

“I was playing my numbers. He told me ‘I see you’re playing your numbers!’ I laughed. And he was playing his numbers too. Can you imagine seeing someone and not knowing he would not go home?” he said.

The people Salter tried to protect were a man who was in town visiting relatives and getting a surprise birthday cake for his grandson.

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“She never came out with the cake,” Clarissa Alston-McCutcheon said of her cousin. He said that kind of surprise was typical for him. He was “just an affectionate and affectionate guy. He loved family. He was always there for his family.”

Ruth Whitfield was the 86-year-old mother of retired Buffalo Firefighter Commissioner Garnell Whitfield. She had just visited her husband in a nursing home, as she did every day, when she stopped at Tops to buy some groceries and was killed, her son told The Buffalo News.

Ruth Whitfield was “a mother to mothers” and “a blessing to us all,” her son said. She attributed her strength and commitment to the family to her strong religious faith.

“I was inspired to become a man of God and do the best I could. I could not do without her,” said Garnell Whitfield.

Roberta Drury had recently returned home to live with her mother, Dezzelynn McDuffie, who told The Buffalo News that the 32-year-old had walked to Tops to pick up some groceries on Saturday afternoon. Soon, McDuffie saw scary videos circulating on social media showing the gunman shooting her daughter just outside the store.

Also killed were shopper Katherine Massey, whose sister Barbara Massey called her a “beautiful soul,” and Haywood Patterson, who worked as a driver, giving people walks to and from Tops and helping them with groceries.

Patterson was loading an elderly woman’s groceries into his car when he was killed, his friend Tony Saunders told The Buffalo News. Saunders said Patterson’s first name was Hayward, though an ecclesiastical report listed him as Haywood. Saunders said Patterson was a deacon in his church and “my best friend.”

Zaire Goodman, 20, was among those injured when he was shot in the neck, state Sen. Tim Kennedy said in a church service Sunday. Goodman is the son of a Kennedy employee.

“I’m devastated. I’m angry,” Kennedy said, adding that Goodman was recovering. “And I think of families who will not welcome a loved one home tonight.”

ABC7 Chicago contributed to this report.

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