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Sweeping, sensitive coverage in aftermath of Buffalo shooting

Foreground, from left, JoAnn Daniels, Kayla Jones and Donell Jones are interviewed and other family members are interviewed by the AP, May 16, 2022, about Daniels’ sister, Celestine Chaney, who was killed two days earlier in a mass shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo, N.Y. Daniels and Chaney were just finishing their shopping when the shooting started at the Tops market. In the chaos that followed, Daniels escaped but Chaney was knocked down. Hours later a nephew saw video of the shooting and the family learned she was dead. (AP Photo / Matt Rourke)

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Carolyn Thompson, Robert Bumsted, Matt Rourke, Aaron Morrison, Noreen Nasir and Pia Sarkar led AP’s comprehensive all-formats coverage in the aftermath of the mass shooting at a Buffalo, New York, supermarket. In the week that followed the racist attack, the team on the ground captured the sorrow and outrage of the city’s Black community.

Buffalo reporter Thompson, with an assist from New York City colleague Matt Sedensky, chronicled the victims’ last day and their otherwise routine trips to the Tops market that Saturday. In one remarkable interview,recorded by video journalist Bumsted and photographer Rourke, a woman recounts casually shopping with her sister who was lost in the chaos of the shooting. The family tells of their pain at learning of the sister’s death — when they saw graphic video posted on their social media feeds.

Business editor Sarkar and video journalist Nasir reported on the hole left in the fabric of the community by the current closure of the supermarket,the only such store for miles.

Race and ethnicity writer Morrison,meanwhile, captured personal stories of mourning and anger in the wake of the shooting, and what the path to healing might look like for the struggling community.

The work of the team in Buffalo anchored a deep lineup of stories by AP journalists elsewhere:

— Mike Sisak obtained the gunman’s online diary.
— Bernard Condon examined how the gunman had been flagged at his high school over a threatening comment.
— Haleluya Hadero,Barbara Ortutay and Matt O’Brien reported on Big Tech’s struggles with violent online content.
— Lindsay Whitehurst,Michael Tarm and James Anderson reported on “red flag” laws.
— David Bauder explained the underlying theme of “replacement theory.”
— Deepti Hajela,Brendan Farrington and Claudia Lauer joined Morrison in writing about the country’s history of racial violence.
— Eric Tucker,Michael Kunzelman and Amanda Seitz examined paths to radicalization.
— Tucker and Michael Balsamo worked law enforcement sources for investigative details.
— Michelle Smith wrote about how America has come to accept death.

AP’s sophisticated array of enterprise coverage was fast,insightful and competitive in all formats, even as the Buffalo team provided spot coverage of court appearances and press briefings.

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