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Buffalo shooting 'carried out by sick, demented individual fuelled by diet of hate' who is now on suicide watch

Officials say that a teenager is under suicide watch after he was accused of shooting dead 10 people and injuring 3 others in a mass shooting at a Buffalo supermarket.

Following the Saturday afternoon massacre, Payton Gendron was taken into custody separately from other people in a holding center.

Eleven of the thirteen people shot were black.

The white suspect aged 18 was arrested on first-degree murder charges shortly after the shooting. He pleaded not guilty.

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Image Payton Gindron in a policemugshot

Authorities call the shooting an act “violent extremism” motivated racial hatred.

According to police, the suspect was from Conklin, New York. He drove approximately 200 miles (320km) from his home to the store. Then, he used a helmet cam to livestream the attack.

He broadcast the shot for at least two minutes on Twitch, before the streaming service cut his transmission.

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A church deacon was among the victims, as well as a man who bought a birthday cake for his grandson at the store and an 86 year-old woman who had just seen her husband in a nursing home.

According to police, Gendron was acting alone. Federal agents interviewed Gendron’s parents and served multiple search warrants.

Image: Police outside Tops Friendly Markets in Buffalo, where the shooting occurred. Pic by Associated Press


180-page racist manifesto

An official stated that federal authorities are still trying to verify the authenticity of the 180-page racist manifesto posted online. It detailed the plot and named Gendron as the gunman.

Letitia James, New York’s attorney general, stated that the attacker was a “sick, insane individual who was fed (by) hate daily.”

Ms. James stated that her office would investigate social media in the wake of the atrocity.

She said, “Let’s come together as one, let us forget about our differences, and let us stand up and remember Dr. Martin Luther King’s words, that love, only, will triumph over hate.”

Image Letitia James, New York State Attorney General (in blue jacket), listens to a man who got emotional while attending a prayer vigil just across the street from the supermarket.

The attack took place at Tops Friendly Markets on Jefferson Avenue, three miles (5km) north downtown Buffalo in New York.


How did this atrocity happen?

Police say that the gunman opened fire in the parking lot before moving into the supermarket. Three people died from the shooting, and four others were wounded.

Aaron Salter, a retired police officer and security guard, fired several shots at the gunman but none penetrated his armour. The attacker killed Mr Salter, then made his way through the shopping malls shooting at shoppers.

The gunman was confronted in front of police. He put his rifle around his neck but surrendered to them and then dropped the weapon.

Image People gather in front of the store to pay respects


“More lives could be lost”

The police responded in less than two minutes to the incident. Byron Brown, the Buffalo mayor, said that more people would have died if they hadn’t been for their “swift response and courageous actions”.

Kathy Hochul, New York governor, stated that the National Action Network, led by Rev Al Sharpton will cover the funeral costs of the families of the victims. The victim services of the state have allocated $2m to the relatives, she said.

She declared that “white supremacy terrorist…stops right here in Buffalo”.

She stated: “To anyone who dares to break the security that each citizen is entitled, to make them feel victims, you’ve just picked up a fight with 20,000,000 New Yorkers – we will continue to stand by because an attack upon one is an attack against all.

“And this was, there’s no other way to put it. It’s white supremacy terrorist, it’s racist, it’s hate, and it ends right here in Buffalo.”

Image Payton Gendron, the shooting suspect in Conklin (New York state)


Suspect was ‘previously on police radar’

According to a police official, Gendron was on the radar of police last year, after threatening to attack a high school.

New York State Police reported that troopers were called by the police to Susquehanna high school in Conklin, on June 8th 2021 for a report that a student of 17 years had threatened statements.

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Biden: Hate America’s soul

According to police, the student was taken into custody in accordance with a state mental law. He was then taken to a hospital for evaluation. However, he was released within a matter of days. The student was not arrested criminally.

On Sunday, President Joe Biden stated that hate remains a stumbling block on America’s soul.

“Our hearts are heavy again, but we must not let our resolve slip.”

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