A heavily armed 18-year-old white man fired at a supermarket in the almost black section of Buffalo, killing 10 people and injuring three more, officials said. Racist attacks have made sunny Saturday one of the darkest days. In the history of the city.
The suspect was identified in court as Peyton S. Gendron in Conklin, NY. He pleaded not guilty to first-class murder on Saturday evening, which could lead to life imprisonment without parole.
According to police, Mr. Gendron was armed with assault weapons, wore bulletproof vests, attached a video camera to his helmet, and streamed online shoots live.
The attack appears to have been inspired by early massacres motivated by racial hatred, such as the shooting of a mosque in New Zealand and the shooting of a mosque in Walmart, Texas.
Law enforcement officials said investigators are considering a manifest that appears to have been posted online by Mr. Gendron. It was full of racist and anti-immigrant views that claimed that white Americans were at risk of being replaced by a colored race, an ideology known as the “great shift” theory. Anti-black species discrimination terms are found in the barrel of his weapon in videos and images of the slaughter that appear to have been captured by a camera attached to his helmet.
Eleven of the people shot dead were black and two were white, officials said.
“It was a racist hate crime,” Erie County Sheriff John Garcia said at a press conference Saturday night.
According to officials, the slaughter began around 2:30 pm, and Gendron, who did not live in Buffalo and drove a few hours from Binghamton’s southern town of Conklin, arrived in a tactically dressed car. I got off from. Carry gear, body armor and offensive weapons.
He shot four people in the parking lot, Buffalo police commissioner Joseph A. Gramagria said at a press conference, three of which were deadly. As he entered the store and continued shooting, he encountered a guard — a retired Buffalo police officer who returned the fire. However, Mr. Gendron wore heavy metal plating. He killed the guards, fired at shoppers and employees, and continued on to the store.
When a Buffalo police officer arrived and confronted Mr. Gendron, he pointed a gun at his neck, but two police officers persuaded him to drop his weapon and surrender, Mr. Gramagria said.
Buffalo’s US lawyer, Trini E. Ross, said her office would investigate the killings as a hate crime. The shooting was “a racially motivated violent extremist incident,” said Stephen Belongia, a special agent in charge of the FBI Buffalo field office.
Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown said he and his family regularly shopped at the tops friendly market outlets of the regional chain. “Some of the victims of this gunner’s attack are known to all of us standing here,” he said, surrounded by city political and law enforcement leaders.
The attack took place in an area known as Masten Park on the east side of Buffalo. Dominique Calhorn, who lives in the sight of a tops supermarket, said she was pulling into the parking lot when the shooting happened.
She said she saw a shortage of people screaming, so she parked across the street. She was with her two daughters, eight and nine, and the three planned to buy ice cream.
“It could have been literally me,” she said of the people who were killed.
At the crime scene, Barbara Massey Maps worriedly waited outside police tape for news about her 72-year-old sister, who she suspected was in the supermarket when the shooting took place. “I’ll be here until I meet her sister,” she said.
According to people familiar with the matter, the camera worn by the gunman was used to broadcast the attack live on Twitch, a livestreaming site owned by Amazon, which is popular with gamers. Twitch said it took the channel offline.
“Users have been out of service indefinitely and have taken all appropriate steps, including monitoring accounts that rebroadcast this content,” said a Twitch spokeswoman.
Broadcast screenshots were distributed online, including some that appeared to show an archer standing on his body in a grocery store with a gun.
Other social media posts are a to-do list that includes “continue to create manifests” and “test livestream functionality before a real attack” on the shooting platform Discord, for the shooter to himself. I’ve shown what is called a list of instructions I’ve taken. The Discord username matches the name of your Twitch channel.
Federal law enforcement officers, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to disclose the details of the investigation, are investigating statements of purpose posted online by shooters.
This document, distributed on the online bulletin board 4chan, promoted a “great alternative” theory by comparing the shooter’s plans with other mass shootings motivated by prejudice.
He wrote that he chose to “livestream the attack on Twitch” using the GoPro Hero 7 Black and “make it available for viewing and recording to everyone on the Internet.” He said the shooting at the Jewish synagogue in Halle, Germany in 2019 was also livestreamed on Twitch.
He then detailed over 12 pages of recommended tactical equipment for similar attacks, such as knives, vests, and medical equipment. He said “conservatism is dead” and that the advocacy of progressive equality was wrong. He argued that the average black man had a lower IQ than the white man.
The 10 people killed in Buffalo are the deadliest in this year’s mass shootings, according to the Gun Violence Archive, which is tracking them. Prior to that, the highest death toll this year was six in a shooting in downtown Sacramento on April 3. A shooting in Corsicana, Texas on February 5 killed six people, and a shooting in Milwaukee killed the same number. According to the site, on January 23rd.
Gun deaths reached a record high in the United States in 2020, the first year of the pandemic, and surged 35%, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday.
“This is a historic increase, and the percentage has reached its highest level in more than 25 years,” said Dr. Debra E. Houri, Principal Deputy Director of the CDC and Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. I am saying. This week’s news briefing.
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