BUFFALO — President Joe Biden and the first lady are expected to visit Buffalo on Tuesday.
Their visit comes three days after police say a, killing 10 Black people and injuring three others at a grocery store.
“What we want to do is make sure that we send a very clear message that hate must have no safe harbor,” said White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre.
A White House official tells CBS News the president will call the shooter’s actions “terrorism” motivated by a hateful and perverse ideology. He will also urge Congress to pass new gun control legislation.
On Monday, Biden paid tribute to Aaron Salter, a 55-year-old retired police lieutenant who worked as a security guard at Tops supermarket.
“He was actually able to shoot the assailant twice, but he had on a bullet proof vest, and he lost his life in the process,” Biden said.
Sources tell CBS News the 18-year-old suspect wrote a lengthy online post where he described himself as a white supremacist, and that hein the city.
He pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder over the weekend, and is now under suicide watch in jail.