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Buffalo grocery store shooting: Suspect worked at hometown market months before ‘racially motivated’ attack


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CONKLIN, NY – The upstate New York man accused of driving several hours to trigger a racially charged attack at a Buffalo grocery store was working a part-time job at a market in his hometown there is about four months old, the company owner confirmed to Fox News Digital. .

Payton Gendron, 18, worked at Conklin Reliable Market for about three months before quitting about four months ago, John, the store owner, said on Monday. He will not provide his last name.

“He gave his two weeks notice and left on good terms,” ​​John told Fox News Digital. “No one knew him well. He kept to himself.”

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Left: Photo shows 18-year-old Payton Gendron’s photo ID (Erie County DA); Right: Image shows Conklin’s Reliable Market (Fox News Digital/Michael Ruiz)

The owner would not comment further.

Meanwhile, a neighbor of Payton Gendron’s home in Conklin, New York, told Fox News Digital’s Michael Ruiz that the Gendrons were “not a bad family.”

“They’re quiet,” said the man, who asked to remain anonymous. “Nobody wanted something like that, that’s for sure.”

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“You would never, just never imagine it,” he continued. “Everyone here, you know, pretty much knows everyone… And you don’t have long conversations, but you say, ‘Hello,’ and you’re courteous.”

No obvious law enforcement presence at the home of mass shooter Payton Gendron in Conklin, New York.

No obvious law enforcement presence at the home of mass shooter Payton Gendron in Conklin, New York.
(Fox News Digital/Michael Ruiz)

“I didn’t even know he had guns,” the neighbor continued. “They’re not hunters or anything. And that’s why it was weird to hear he had three.”

He added: “It’s just something people here in this area just didn’t expect.”

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Gendron’s home is less than three hours and thirty minutes, or about 230 miles, from the Tops supermarket on Jefferson Avenue in Buffalo.

Gendron, who is white, stopped at Tops grocery store around 2:30 p.m. Saturday and immediately began firing shots – injuring four people outside the market before heading inside, the commissioner said. Buffalo Police, Joseph Gramaglia. Three of the four victims died.

Once inside, he exchanged gunfire with store security guard Aaron Salter, who was a retired police officer, officials said. Salter fired several bullets at Gendron before the suspect shot him, Gramaglia said.

Gendron then allegedly walked around the store killing several other victims. When confronted by police, Gendron placed the rifle to his neck before dropping the gun and surrendering, the police chief said.

Ten people were shot and killed. Three other people were injured.

Eleven of the victims were black, officials said.

The deceased victims have been identified as: Roberta A. Drury, 32; Margus D. Morrison, 52; Andre Mackneil, 53; Aaron Salter, 55; Geraldine Talley, 62; Celestine Chaney, 65; Heyward Patterson, 67; Katherine Massey, 72; Young Pearl, 77 years old; and Ruth Whitfield, 86.

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Officials said the suspect live-streamed part of the shooting on social media platform Twitch. A Twitch spokesperson said the stream was suspended within two minutes. Gendron also reportedly detailed his plans in a sprawling hate-filled manifesto.

So far, investigators have discovered Gendron was in possession of “three weapons. There were two in the car and one in his possession,” Gramaglia said.

“One was a rifle, the other was a shotgun…He had an AR-15” inside the store with him, the commissioner added.

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Gendron was charged with first degree murder. He was arrested on Saturday evening and pleaded not guilty. He was taken into custody without bail and is due back in court on Thursday.

A spokesperson for the Erie County District Attorney’s Office would not comment when asked if Gendron’s parents faced charges related to the circumstances of the attack.

Fox News’ Adam Sabes contributed to this report.

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