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Buffalo shooting suspect planned to continue rampaging on the streets, police say

The 18-year-old man accused of storming a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, on Saturday and killing 10 people and injuring three others, planned to continue his bloody rampage in the street before being arrested, announced the police.

Suspect Payton Gendron livestreamed the moment he opened fire in the parking lot of Tops Friendly Market around 2:30 p.m. and continued to fire inside the store while dressed in tactical gear, said the police. He was eventually arrested at the scene.

Police are calling the attack a hate crime because 11 of the 13 people who were shot were black – and there could have been more victims had he not been arrested.

“It appeared that his plans were to get out of here and continue down Jefferson Avenue with the goal of shooting as many black people as he could and possibly going to another store,” the commissioner said. Buffalo Police, Joseph Gramaglia, on ABC. “Hello America.”

FBI agents examine bullet holes at a Tops grocery store in Buffalo, New York on May 15, 2022.Usman Khan/AFP via Getty Images

Police said at a news conference on Sunday that the suspect “reasoned the area and the store” before the shooting.

The suspect also appeared to be active in online gun communities and posted extremist views. Senior law enforcement officials have said they believe he wrote a 180-page “manifesto” posted online that cites a racist conspiracy theory frequently promoted by white supremacists.

The document claims the suspect chose Buffalo because it was the city with the most black people in its vicinity.

He was also investigated by New York State Police last year for making a threatening statement in June about wanting to carry out a shooting, a senior enforcement official said. laws.

The suspect was a minor at the time, the official said. He was taken to hospital for a mental health evaluation and has not been charged with a crime.

Speaking of that previous violent threat, Gramaglia said Sunday, “Nothing came up on State Police intelligence, nothing came up on FBI intelligence.”

Gramaglia said the supermarket attack was a hate crime.

“The evidence we have uncovered so far leaves no doubt that this is an absolute racist hate crime,” Gramaglia said. “It will be prosecuted as a hate crime. He is someone who has hatred in his heart, soul and mind.

Speaking at a vigil on Sunday, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D.N.Y., spoke via video link and recalled how Tops’ grocery store “became a neighborhood hub and place to gathering”.

He called the grocery store an “indispensable oasis” in a food desert.

The victims were six women and four men between the ages of 32 and 86, officials said. A community leader and a retired Buffalo police officer were among the lives lost.

Several weapons were taken from the scene, with one appearing to bear ominous writing with “the word N written or engraved on it”, police sources said. A firearm also referred to repairs, according to photos of the weapons that a police source confirmed belonged to the suspect.

The assault rifle used in the attack was purchased legally in New York, a senior law enforcement official said. A hunting rifle and a shotgun were also found at the scene.

In addition to the firearms, the suspect had several 30-round magazines on him, the official said, which are illegal in New York state. It is not known where the suspect obtained the 30-round magazines.

Buffalo shooting suspect planned to continue rampaging on the streets, police say
Jeanne LeGall pays her respects at a makeshift memorial near Tops Supermarket at Jefferson Avenue and Riley Street on Sunday, May 15, 2022 in Buffalo, NY. Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via Getty Imag

Gendron, of Conklin, New York, was arraigned Saturday night in Buffalo court on one count of first-degree murder, the Erie County District Attorney’s Office said.

He was remanded in custody without bond and a felony hearing was scheduled for Thursday morning, according to the office.

Erie County Sheriff John Garcia said the suspect is on suicide watch and will receive mental health services if needed.

In a Twitter Statementthe FBI Field Office in Buffalo said it was working with local, state and federal authorities to investigate the deadly attack.

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