CNN’s Victor Blackwell choked up on Monday while reporting from the scene of the mass shooting that devastated Buffalo, New York, over the weekend.
“Look, I was counting in the car, I was talking with my producer. I did 15,” the presenter and correspondent said of the shooting. “At least the ones I could count.”
“And we continue to have the conversation about, Democrats will say guns, Republicans will say sanity, and nothing will change. And I’ll probably do another one this year.
A white gunman opened fire on a Buffalo supermarket on Saturday, killing 13 people and killing 10. Most of them were black. Payton Gendron, 18, is accused of traveling about 200 miles in the area with the intent to kill as many black people as possible after researching local demographics, authorities say. Gendron was arrested and pleaded not guilty.
Gendron allegedly purchased a semi-automatic assault rifle legally from an upstate New York gun shop. A racist online manifesto attributed to Gendron said he modified the gun using his father’s drill, The New York Times reported.
“We’ll start a political conversation later, but is this how we’re supposed to live?” Blackwell asked as he finished his show. “Are we destined to continue doing this, city after city? Did we just resign that’s what we’re gonna be?
The mass shooting was one of many across the United States over the weekend. In California, a man opened fire during a luncheon reception at a Southern California church on Sunday. One person was killed and five others injured in what is described as a politically motivated attack. In Houston, two people were killed and three others injured after a shooting at a flea market on Sunday. There was also a series of shootings in North Carolina that left seven people injured.
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