An Alleged Hate Crime Motivated Shooting in Buffalo, New York Left at Least 10 Dead
Authorities in Buffalo, New York are saying that an attack that left 10 people dead and three others wounded was a "racially motivated hate crime."
Authorities in Buffalo, New York are saying that an attack that left 10 people dead and three others wounded was a "racially motivated hate crime." The male suspect, an 18-year-old shooter who live-streamed the attack on social media, is in custody. Wearing military fatigues, body armor, and a tactical helmet, the gunman shot four people in the parking lot of a Tops supermarket this afternoon.
The guard at the door of the supermarket had hit the suspect but this did nothing considering the gunman was wearing body armor. The gunman, after the attempt of being struck, shot nine more people inside the store before dropping the gun to surrender to police.
11 of the 13 victims were African Americans and two were white. Four of the victims were employees with the rest being customers. The scene is no longer active and no other suspects are outstanding.
"There is no depth to the outrage I'm feeling right now."
Kathy Hochul said during a briefing.
Payton Gendron of Conklin, New York, who is the suspect at hand, is facing one count of first-degree murder and is held without bail this evening. There are also investigations to hit Payton Gendron with further terrorism charges.
Outside of Buffalo authorities, the FBI is investigating the attack as being racially motivated and as a hate crime. The extremist beliefs of the shooter were witnessed online. The suspect has praised Dylann Roof and Brenton Tarrant. A strange occurrence is portions of the Buffalo shooter’s manifesto were copied word for word from the Christchurch shooter’s manifesto.
"This was pure evil. It was a straight-up racially motivated hate crime from somebody outside of our community...coming into our community and trying to inflict evil upon us."
John Garcia, Erie County Sheriff, told reporters.
The suspect’s home is being searched by the FBI and the New York State Police. There were no specifications of the social media platforms in which the suspect live-streamed the shooting, but following the attack, Twitch said it had indefinitely suspended a user over the shooting.
"Twitch has a zero-tolerance policy against the violence of any kind and works swiftly to respond to all incidents. The user has been indefinitely suspended from our service, and we are taking all appropriate action, including monitoring for any accounts rebroadcasting this content."
A Twitch spokesperson said in a statement.
President Joe Biden has been briefed on the shooting, his press secretary said.
"He will continue to receive updates throughout the evening and tomorrow as further information develops. The President and the First Lady are praying for those who have been lost and for their loved ones."
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said in a statement as President Biden has been reportedly been briefed on the shooting.
“Shocked and saddened,” is what the Tops Friendly Markets said in a statement. The store added, "We appreciate the quick response of local law enforcement and are providing all available resources to assist authorities in the ongoing investigation."