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Buffalo Mass Shooting – The New York Times

A gunman embracing white supremacist ideology opened fire yesterday afternoon at a supermarket in a predominantly black neighborhood of Buffalo, killing 10 people and injuring three others. The mass shooting was the deadliest in the United States this year and among a string of racist attacks in recent years.

The suspect, 18-year-old Payton S. Gendron, had traveled more than 200 miles to stage the attack, and he broadcast it live as he shot shoppers and store workers. He was arrested at the store and pleaded not guilty in a brief court appearance.

Around the same time, a manifesto attributed to him appeared online, repeatedly invoking the racist idea that white Americans were at risk of being replaced by people of color. This view is known as the “replacement theory” and was once linked to the far-right fringe, but has become increasingly common.

Among the victims were a security guard and an 86-year-old mother of four who had stopped at the store on her way home from visiting her husband at the nursing home where he lives.

At around 2.30pm, as shoppers were filling the Tops supermarket, the suspect arrived wearing body armor, tactical gear and a helmet with a video camera attached. He was carrying an assault rifle with an anti-black slur written on the barrel and began firing into the parking lot. Three victims were killed outside and one was injured.

The suspect then entered the store to continue his attack, briefly exchanging gunfire with the security guard before killing him. He continued to stalk victims throughout the store; “Bodies were everywhere,” said a witness.

Shonnell Harris, a store manager, told The Buffalo News she heard about 70 gunshots and ran through the Tops, falling several times before escaping.

The shooter eventually returned to the store. By then the police had arrived and he briefly put a gun to his neck before starting to remove his tactical gear in surrender and the police tackled him.

Of the 13 people who were shot, 11 were black and two were white. Four worked at the Tops grocery store. Few have been publicly identified.

The security guard who was killed was a former police officer – “a hero in our eyes,” said Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph A. Gramaglia.

Ruth Whitfield, 86, was a mother of four and “a mother to orphans”, her son told The News. Her husband had moved into a nursing home years ago and she still visited him every day. She had just visited him when she stopped in Tops to grab something to eat, WGRZ reported.

The attack appears to have been inspired by previous mass shootings motivated by racial hatred, including a 2019 mosque shooting in New Zealand and a massacre at a Texas Walmart the same year, according to the manifesto.

In chilling detail, the document outlined a plan to kill as many black people as possible, including what type of weapon to use, a timetable, a specific parking spot and where to eat beforehand.

Gendron wrote that he chose the supermarket area because it had the largest percentage of black residents near his home in New York’s largely white Southside. Police had surrounded his home outside of Binghamton, NY, overnight.

“It was a racially motivated hate crime,” said John Garcia, the local sheriff.

Federal law enforcement officials said they are investigating the shooting as a hate crime. The next court proceeding has been set for Thursday.

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