Three people were killed by a gunman inside a Dollar General store in Jacksonville, Fla., in what the mayor said was a “hate-filled crime.”
The gunman died after shooting himself, Sheriff T.K. Waters of Jacksonville said at a news conference on Saturday evening.
“This shooting was racially motivated, and he hated Black people,” Sheriff Waters said.
As news of the shooting filtered through the community, people formed prayer circles outside the scene, which was cordoned off by the police.
The television station Action News Jax reported earlier that there had been a standoff at a Dollar General store with a barricaded gunman.
This is a breaking news story and will be updated.
Chris Cameron and Nichole Manna contributed reporting.