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What you missed in Columbus for May 16

A gunman kills 10 in a racist attack in Buffalo; churchgoers hog-tie a gunman in California; the Who pay tribute to 11 killed in 1979 during a Sunday concert in Cincinnati; and more from the weekend

Andy Downing
Columbus Alive
People gather outside a supermarket where at least 10 people were killed in a shooting, Saturday, May 14, 2022 in Buffalo, N.Y.

On Saturday, a white, 18-year-old gunman dressed in military gear attacked shoppers at a Tops Friendly Market in Buffalo, New York, killing 10 people and wounding three others before being taken into custody by police. The shooting, which took place in a predominantly Black neighborhood, is being investigated as a hate crime.

The gunman livestreamed the massacre for a small audience on Twitch, which cut off the feed after several minutes passed, though the disturbing video has since circulated heavily on Facebook and other online platforms.

Additionally, the gunman, identified by authorities as Payton Gendron, posted a manifesto outlining his racist, antisemitic, anti-immigrant views. The document draws heavily on a similar manifesto published by the gunman who killed 51 people at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, in 2019, and makes references to “the great replacement theory,” an extremist ideology that has been embraced by media figures such as Tucker Carlson, along with numerous right-wing politicians, including Ohio Republican senatorial candidate J.D. Vance.

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A gunman opened fire inside a Southern California church on Sunday, killing one person and injuring five more. The shooter was subdued when a pastor struck him on the head with a chair and was then subsequently hog-tied by other churchgoers. No motive has been established for the shooting, and the attacker’s name has not yet been released by authorities.

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Downtown Milwaukee erupted in violence on Friday, with three shootings taking place within blocks of the basketball arena following the Milwaukee Bucks' playoff loss to the Boston Celtics. In one incident, 17 people were injured after two groups started shooting at each other. Three people were hurt in another shooting, and one in a third. As a result of the violence, the city established a curfew for Downtown Milwaukee through the weekend, and a scheduled watch party was canceled in advance of Sunday’s series-ending game seven, won by Boston.

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The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 surpassed 1 million people on Monday, nearly 30 months into the ongoing pandemic. The Associated Press reported the death toll based on death certificate data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics, though experts believe the actual number of lives lost to the coronavirus in the U.S. to be significantly higher.

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More than 1,000 people rallied at the Ohio Statehouse on Saturday in support of abortion rights. The “Ban Off Our Bodies” rally was organized by Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio.

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Columbus City Council is set to approve a $900,000 maintenance contract for the fleet of five police helicopters. No word if the Columbus Division of Police will sign the contract via skywriting.

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The struggling Columbus Crew lost again on Saturday, falling to red hot New York City FC by a score of 2-0. The Crew will attempt to bounce back at home against Los Angeles FC on Saturday.

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The Who performed in Cincinnati on Sunday — the classic rock band’s first show in the city since a 1979 tour date in which 11 people died in a stampede outside of Riverfront Coliseum. The band marked the solemnity of the occasion in a handful of ways, announcing it planned to donate all proceeds from the concert to local charities, including a charity fund at Finneytown High School, attended by three of the 11 victims.

During the concert, photographs of the 11 victims were also displayed on screen while the Who performed “Love, Reign O’er Me,” which you can watch in the video below.

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Finally, if you missed the (awesomely named) Super Flower Blood Moon lunar eclipse last night, here’s an image from the event.

The moon glows red during a lunar eclipse as seen from Mesa on Sunday, May 15, 2022.