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Payton Gendron: What we know about the suspect in the Buffalo shooting

Ten people were killed in a mass shooting Saturday at a Tops grocery store in Buffalo, New York, in what authorities called an act of “evil” racially motivated violent extremism, and possibly the worst mass shooting in the history of the city.

Payton Gendron, of Conklin, New York, was arraigned on Saturday and charged with first-degree murder. He pleaded not guilty.

Here’s everything we know about what happened:

How many victims were there?

Ten people were killed in Saturday’s shooting, including a retired Buffalo police officer working as a security guard at the store, officials said.

Three other people suffered non-fatal injuries, they added at a news conference on Saturday.

Of the victims, 11 are black, police said, and four are store workers.

Have the police arrested a suspect?

Police arrested Payton Gendron, an 18-year-old white man, and he was charged with first-degree murder, to which he pleaded not guilty.

Was the Buffalo shooting racially motivated?

Authorities are investigating the shooting as a hate crime and domestic extremism incident.

“It was pure evil,” Erie County Sheriff John Garcia said Saturday. “This was a straight out racially motivated hate crime by someone outside of our community.”

Police also said they had evidence indicating a racist motive for the attack, although they did not confirm media reports that Mr Gendron left a hate manifesto online.

The shooter allegedly posted a racist manifesto on the notorious online message board 4chan, which included white supremacist ideas on the ‘great replacement’ theory and IQ differences between races.

The document says he chose his target because it had the highest concentration of black people nearby, The New York Times reports. He also describes how the shooter became “bored” and radicalized during the 2020 Covid lockdowns by reading the messageboard, and cites the Christchurch, New Zealand shooter as inspiration.

What type of weapon did the alleged shooter use?

The shooter was wearing “tactical gear,” including a military-style rifle and body armor, police said.

A security guard inside the Tops store shot and punched the suspected shooter in the mass shooting, but armor stopped the bullet, officials said Saturday.

Mr. Gendron was using a rifle legally purchased and equipped with modifications illegal in New York state, according to Governor Kathy Hochul, who noted that such “illegal magazines” could be purchased legally in neighboring states like Pennsylvania.

How did the filming go?

The suspect arrived at the supermarket after 2:30 p.m. ET and shot four people in the parking lot, killing three, before entering the store and firing several bullets.

Some hid as the shooter walked through the market.

A Tops Markets employee who identified himself as Will G saidThe Buffalo News that he hid with a group of people in a supermarket cooler as gunshots rang through the store.

“I just heard gunshots. Blows and blows and blows,” he told the outlet. “It looked like things were falling apart. … I hid. I just hid. I wasn’t going to leave this room.

The individual was surrounded by police in the store’s vestibule after the shooting. He put his gun to his neck before officers persuaded him to drop his guns and surrender.

Has the suspect been charged?

Payton Gendron has been charged with first degree murder and could face life in prison without parole.

His next court appearance will be on Thursday, May 19.

What’s next in the investigation?

Police are currently working to secure and investigate a sprawling crime scene involving both the parking lot and the interior of the Tops store in Buffalo.

Agencies such as the Buffalo Police Department, New York State Police, FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are all involved in the case.

Additional fees may be levied at the federal level.

What are those responsible for the shooting saying?

Leaders at all levels of government spoke out after the attack.

“The President was briefed by his Homeland Security Advisor on the horrific shooting in Buffalo, NY this afternoon,” the White House said in a statement. “He will continue to receive updates throughout the evening and tomorrow as new information develops. The President and First Lady pray for those who have been lost and for their loved ones.

“The eyes of the nation are on Buffalo,” U.S. Representative Brian Higgins said Saturday at a press conference. “These are full of tears and full of sympathy for the violence and tragedy that has been perpetrated against good, innocent people.”

“This should not happen in this communication and in any community in this country,” added Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown. “It is the city of good neighbours. We are a loving community. We pray that this does not exacerbate racial tensions. We can’t let a bad person split this communication and a bad person split our question.




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