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Red flags were raised about Buffalo gunman suspect before killing spree

Questions are being raised about red flags raised by a teenager gunman who killed racial victims at a US grocery store.

Police claim Payton Gendron (18) committed an act of “racially motivated violence extremism” by live-streaming himself opening fire with a semiautomatic rifle at a Buffalo supermarket on Saturday.

Ten people were killed, and three others were injured. Eleven of them were black.

Now, troubling details about the high school senior’s behavior and online presence have started to surface.


Joseph Gramaglia, Buffalo Police Commissioner, said Gendron was on the radar of local officers in June when he made threats to his school.

Although the teenager was subject to a mental health assessment at that time, he was released just a little more than a day later.

A 180-page “manifesto”, which contained Gendron’s “Great Replacement Theory”, circulated online. It was thought to have been written by Gendron. This racist conspiracy claims that white Americans are being replaced in America by minorities.

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Gendron also appeared to have created another online document, which included a list of tasks for the attack. This included cleaning the gun and testing the stream he would use on social media.

Image: Buffalo’s Tops supermarket scene. Pic: AP

On Monday, Ruth Whitfield’s family and friends gave an emotionally charged news conference. Whitfield was one of the victims and was called a “hero” in her community as well as an “angel” to her family.

Benjamin Crump, their lawyer, was forced to stop his speech when two of the women began to sob.

The patient had to be carried to a nearby chair and then comforted.

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Relative to shooting victim breaks down

Not only the gunman who loaded it

Crump stated that Saturday’s events were an act of domestic terror and that we must define it as such. We can’t sugarcoat it.

“Just as America responds to terrorist acts, Americans must respond to the terrorist act of bigotry and racism.

Image Ruth Whitfield was a mother, grandmother, and wife of 68 year who died in the Buffalo shooting

He continued: “We will not only hold responsible the sick, depraved beast responsible for this hateful act but also those at the root, the people who create the hate and those who inspire it on websites, internet service, cable news channels – the people who radicalise youth.

“They loaded the gun. We need to hold them responsible.”

Gendron surrendered after the shooting to police and was charged for first-degree murder. This carries a maximum sentence in New York of 20 years in prison, without parole. However, he has pleaded guilty.


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