FILE PHOTO: Signage is seen at the United States Department of Justice headquarters in Washington, D.C.

The Justice Department tonight released the following statement from Attorney General Merrick B. Garland:

“Tonight, the country mourns the victims of a senseless, horrific shooting in Buffalo, New York. The FBI and ATF are working closely with the Buffalo Police Department and federal, state, and local law enforcement partners.  

“The Justice Department is investigating this matter as a hate crime and an act of racially-motivated violent extremism. The Justice Department is committed to conducting a thorough and expeditious investigation into this shooting and to seeking justice for these innocent victims.”


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