What we know so far about the victims of the racially motivated mass shooting in Buffalo

Officials and family members began releasing the identities of the 10 people killed in a mass shooting at a Buffalo supermarket on Saturday.

CBC is working to identify the victims while trying to ensure their next of kin have been notified before releasing their names.

Aaron Salter

Security officer Aaron Salter fired several shots at the shooter, hitting his armor, before Salter was shot, Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia confirmed.

Salter was a retired police officer from Buffalo.

“He cared about the community. He took care of the store,” said Yvette Mack, who had shopped at Tops supermarket on Saturday before the shooting.

“He did a good job, you know. He was very nice and respectable.”

Ruth Whitefield

Ruth Whitfield, 86, was the mother of retired fire marshal Garnell Whitfield, who was seen at the scene of the shooting on Saturday, looking for his mother.

She was confirmed as the victim later in the day, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown confirmed, relaying to worshipers a conversation he had with the former fire chief at the scene of the shooting.

“My mother had just gone to see my father, as she does every day, at the retirement home and stopped at the Tops to do some shopping. And no one heard from her”, then Garnell Whitfield told the mayor.