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Who was Londin Thomas?(Harrowing moment mother writhes on the floor thinking her daughter, eight, and husband had been killed by Buffalo shooter when in fact they were hiding in supermarket fridge) Wiki, Bio, Age,Shooting,Killed,Death, Instagram, Twitter & Quick Facts

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A mother was seen in heartbreaking footage writhing on the floor after thinking her eight-year-old daughter and her husband were killed by an armed white supremacist in a Buffalo supermarket.

Londin Thomas, 8, was at Tops Friendly Market on Jefferson Avenue in Buffalo with her parents on Saturday to shop for supplies for a birthday cookout for her mother, Julie Hartwell.

Father

Londin and her father, Lamont Thomas, told WKBW that her mother was in the meat section as they went to get ingredients to bake her a pie as a surprise when the shots rang out.

“We all ran to the back where the milk freezers were and he was shooting at the milk and the milk was seeping through the metal, but the bullet didn’t go through the metal,” Londin recalled. ‘My dad was just trying to hide me.’

In an instant, the supermarket aisles were transformed into a scene of mass murder. The cars lay abandoned. Bodies were strewn across the tiled floor. Police radios crackled with calls for help.

Survivors were in shock and disbelief as they exited the store, with Hartwell among the many who were heartbroken to realize their loved ones were still inside.

Payton Gendron Suspect

Police said 18-year-old Payton Gendron, who was wearing military gear and broadcasting live with a camera on a helmet, shot a total of 11 black people and two white people in the rampage on Saturday before turning himself in to authorities. Ten people died in the massacre.

When the shots rang out Saturday afternoon, Londin’s father told WKBW his first instinct was to grab his daughter and run back. They hid in a milk cooler and Thomas kept his hand over his mouth as bullets tore through the store and gallons of milk exploded around them.

“They never stopped,” Thomas said. “You just have to think, I know I’m not in this situation that I thought I’d never be in.”

Londin’s mother, Julie Hartwell, was in the meat section of the store and she said she could hear the gunman’s footsteps getting louder and closer. But her only concern was her daughter.

“My first instinct was to drop to the ground and crawl onto my chest,” she said. ‘I’m not really trying to lift my head, I’m not really trying to look at anything. I was just trying to get to a safe place. But at the same time, I’m worried about my daughter.

Hartwell added that what she saw in the store that day was so horrifying that she can’t get it out of her mind.

“I saw dead bodies, if she goes back and walks around and just looks at people to see if they’re moving and if they were moving, she shot them,” she said.

Once outside the store, Hartwell was heartbroken when she realized that the couple and her daughter were still inside her.

Video

In new video showing the terror that followed the shooting, the gunman is seen being handcuffed by police.

Passers-by and shoppers are heard crying and screaming for their loved ones.

‘My God, he shot so many people there,’ one man yells.

Londin and his father were separated from his mother for 20 minutes. Hartwell said that those moments when she was searching for her daughter were the most terrifying of her life.

They ended up on the Landon Street side of Tops after being let out of the building, while Hartwell ended up on Riley Street, on the other side of the building.

Hartwell said those 20 minutes apart were some of the longest moments of her life.

“Twenty minutes later they gave me my daughter,” she said. “That was the longest wait I’ve ever had in my life.”

Londin said that she was afraid for her mother, but that she felt safe with her father.

“I was scared for my mom,” she said. ‘I didn’t know what happened to her because she was in the front and I was in the back. He didn’t know where she was. I thought she was gone.

“I love her so much,” Londin added. ‘She is the best mother I have ever seen in the whole world.’

Londin’s father, Lamont Thomas, said his first instinct was to grab his daughter and run back. His hand covered his mouth as the bullets tore through the store.

Investigation

Investigators will try, over the next few days, to reconstruct the massacre that killed 10 people, all black and apparently persecuted because of the color of their skin.

President Joe Biden flew Tuesday to mourn the site of America’s latest deadly mass shooting, warning that the white supremacist ideology that motivates the alleged gunman is tearing apart the “soul” of the country.

On the hastily arranged trip to Buffalo, New York, Biden, accompanied by his wife Jill Biden, reprized the presidents’ tiredly familiar role of comforter-in-chief.

He was to begin by meeting with the families of the 10 African-Americans allegedly killed by a white gunman at a neighborhood grocery store on Saturday.

Meetings with community leaders and first responders were also scheduled, as well as a visit to a makeshift memorial at the supermarket to offer “condolences and comfort to those affected by this tragedy,” a White House official said.

Biden will then deliver a speech that, like many he has given, will urge Congress to overcome the divide over restricting firearm ownership, a constitutionally protected right that has led to more guns than people in the nation. rich in the world

After decades of mass shootings in schools, nightclubs, movie theaters and churches, many Americans are numb to each new outrage, while presidents have repeatedly discovered their powerlessness to change laws in the face of a reluctant Congress.

In Saturday’s rampage, the killer was brandishing an AR-15, a military-style weapon that has been used repeatedly in mass shootings across the country while also being one of the most popular rifles among legitimate gun enthusiasts. weapons.

After campaigning unsuccessfully for a long time to ban assault rifles, Biden will once again demand laws to “keep weapons of war off our streets,” the White House official said.

He will also highlight the failure to keep firearms away from people with serious mental illness who are ‘a danger to themselves or others’.

Londin Thomas Quick and Facts

  • Londin Thomas, 8, was at the store with her parents when the shooting started
  • When shots rang out Saturday at the Tops supermarket in Buffalo, Londin and her father Lamont Thomas hid in a cooler at the back of the store
  • Londin’s mother Julie Hartwell was inconsolable when she realized her daughter and partner were still inside the store. They were separated for 20 minutes
  • The suspected gunman, Payton Gendron, 18, was arrested for the mass shooting that killed 10 people in what police called a ‘racist hate crime’

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