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Buffalo shooter Payton S. Gendron manifesto, massacres racist attack Kills 10

Buffalo shooter Payton S. Gendron manifesto, massacres racist attack Kills 10
On Saturday, a lot of people were shot at a Tops grocery store in Buffalo. Police were there to help.
In a mass shooting at a grocery store in Buffalo, 10 people are killed and 3 others are hurt.

Authorities say that a heavily armed 18-year-old white man opened fire at a supermarket in a mostly Black part of Buffalo, killing 10 people and injuring three more. This racist attack turned a sunny Saturday into one of the darkest days in the city's history.

In court, the suspect was named as Payton S. Gendron, who lives in Conklin, New York. He pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder on Saturday night. If he is found guilty, he could go to prison for life without the chance to get out.

The police said that Mr. Gendron had an assault weapon and was wearing body armor. He also had a video camera on his helmet, which he used to stream the shooting live online.

The attack seemed to have been motivated by racial hatred, like a shooting at a mosque in New Zealand and a shooting at a Walmart in Texas, both of which happened in 2019.

A law enforcement official said that investigators were looking at a document that they think Mr. Gendron put online. It was full of racist and anti-immigrant ideas, like the "great replacement" theory, which said that white Americans were at risk of being replaced by people of color. A racial slur against Black people can be seen on the barrel of his gun in pictures and videos of the massacre that appear to have been taken by the camera on his helmet.

The police said that 11 of the people shot were black and 2 were white.

"It was a clear-cut hate crime based on race," said John Garcia, the sheriff of Erie County, at a news conference on Saturday night.

Buffalo shooter Payton S. Gendron manifesto, massacres racist attack Kills 10

The shooting started around 2:30 p.m., when Mr. Gendron, who did not live in Buffalo and had driven several hours from Conklin, a town south of Binghamton, to get there, got out of his car wearing tactical gear and body armor and carrying an assault weapon.

At the news conference, Buffalo's police commissioner, Joseph A. Gramaglia, said that he shot four people in the parking lot, killing three of them. When he went into the store and kept shooting, he ran into a retired Buffalo police officer who was working as a security guard. The retired officer shot back. But Mr. Gendron was wearing heavy metal armor. He shot and killed the guard and then went into the store and started shooting at customers and employees.

Mr. Gramaglia said that when Buffalo police officers confronted Mr. Gendron, he put a gun to his neck, but two patrolmen got him to drop the gun and give up.

Trini E. Ross, the US attorney in Buffalo, said that her office would look into the killings as possible hate crimes. Stephen Belongia, who is in charge of the F.B.I. field office in Buffalo, said that the shooting was "a case of violent extremism based on race."

The mayor of Buffalo, Byron W. Brown, said that he and his family sometimes went to the store, which is part of the Tops Friendly Markets chain. "We all know some of the people who were killed in this shooter's attack," he said, surrounded by the city's political and law enforcement leaders.

On Buffalo's East Side, the attack happened in a neighborhood called Masten Park. Dominique Calhoun, who lives near the Tops supermarket and could see it when the shooting happened, said she was pulling into the store's parking lot at the time.

She said that she saw people running out and screaming, so she parked across the street. She was with her two 8- and 9-year-old daughters, and all three of them were going to get ice cream.

She said of the people who were killed, "That could have been me."

Barbara Massey Mapps anxiously waited outside the police tape at the crime scene for news about her 72-year-old sister, who she thought was in the grocery store when the shooting happened. She said, "I'll stay here until I see my sister."

Officials said that the gunman's camera was used to livestream the attack on Twitch, a popular livestreaming site for gamers that is owned by Amazon. Twitch said that it had shut down the channel.

A Twitch spokeswoman said, "The user has been banned from our service for life, and we are taking all the right steps, including watching for any accounts that are rebroadcasting this content."

Screenshots of the broadcast were being shared online. Some of them seemed to show the shooter holding a gun and standing over a dead body in the grocery store.

On the messaging app Discord, other social media posts showed what was said to be a list of instructions that the shooter had made for himself. It said things like "keep writing manifesto" and "test livestream function before the attack." The name of the Twitch channel was the same as the name of the user on Discord.

People hug each other outside of a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, where 11 people were shot and killed on Saturday by a man who the police say was racist.
People hug each other outside of a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, where 11 people were shot and killed on Saturday by a man who the police say was racist.

A senior federal law enforcement official spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not allowed to talk about the investigation. He said that federal authorities are looking at a statement of intent that the gunman posted online.

The document, which was shared on the online message board 4chan, compared the gunman's plan to other mass shootings that were caused by bigotry and promoted the "great replacement" theory.

He wrote that he would "livestream the attack on Twitch" with a GoPro Hero 7 Black so that "anyone with an internet connection could watch and record." He said that the 2019 shooting at a Jewish synagogue in Halle, Germany, was also shown live on Twitch.

Then, over more than a dozen pages, he explained what tactical gear, like knives, vests, and medical supplies, he thought would be best for these kinds of attacks. He said, "Conservatism is dead," and he said it was wrong for progressives to fight for equality because the average Black man had a lower IQ than the average White man.

The Gun Violence Archive, which keeps track of these things, says that 10 people were killed in Buffalo, which is the most in a mass shooting this year. Before that, six people died in a shooting in downtown Sacramento on April 3. That was the most people who had died this year. On February 5, six people were shot and killed in Corsicana, Texas, and on January 23, the same number of people were shot and killed in Milwaukee.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Tuesday that the number of gun deaths in the U.S. reached a record high in 2020, the first year of the pandemic, rising by 35%.

At a news briefing this week, Dr. Debra E. Houry, acting principal deputy director of the CDC and director of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, said, "This is a historic rise. The rate has reached its highest level in over 25 years."

Staunch identified Dub S Peyton Gendron has been identified as the mass shooter in Buffalo, New York at the Tops grocery store that claimed the lives of over 10 people (mainly black people).

"I know what I'm being charged with," the defendant said in a calm voice at the arraignment.

The arraignment took less than five minutes on Saturday night in a small, dimly lit courtroom in Buffalo city court.

Payton S. Gendron, who was 18 years old, wore a Covid mask and a white paper dress.

Judge Craig Hannah told Mr. Gendron that he was being charged with first-degree murder and offered to explain more.

"I understand my charges," Mr. Gendron said. The judge then asked Mr. Gendron if he had enough money to pay for his own lawyer. When Mr. Gendron said no, the judge chose Brian K. Parker to be his lawyer. Mr. Parker accepted the job and pleaded not guilty.

During the whole process, Mr. Gendron was calm, and he was held without bail.

The prosecutor said that the case would be sent to a grand jury, and the next court date is set for May 19 at 9:30 a.m.

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