What we know about Buffalo supermarket shooting suspect Payton Gendron

What we know about Buffalo supermarket shooting suspect Payton Gendron

Authorities say the 18-year-old guy who reportedly shot and murdered ten people at a Buffalo grocery on Saturday afternoon was motivated by hatred.

According to officials, the Tops Friendly Market where the shooting occurred is located in the centre of Buffalo’s Black population, and 11 of the 13 persons shot by the White suspect were Black.

“This was pure evil,” Erie County Sheriff John C. Garcia said at a Saturday news conference, calling the shooting a “straight-up racially motivated hate crime from somebody outside of our community.”

According to a statement from US Attorney General Merrick Garland, the shooting is being investigated as a “hate crime and an act of racially-motivated violent extremism.”

Payton Gendron of Conklin, New York, was charged with first-degree murder on Saturday, according to Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn. Conklin is approximately three and a half hours from Buffalo.

He entered a not guilty plea.

According to authorities, when the suspect arrived at the shop at 2:30 p.m., he was heavily armed, wearing tactical gear, a helmet, and a camera live-streaming his actions.
Flynn stated that the suspect used an assault weapon during the press conference.
According to Flynn’s press release, the suspect shot four persons outside the grocery store, three of whom died. He opened fire on an armed security guard, who investigators said was a retired Buffalo police officer, as he entered the business. The security guard died as a result of his injuries. According to the announcement, the perpetrator shot eight additional persons in the business, six of whom died.

Twitch, the prominent live-streaming network, confirmed that the shooting suspect utilized their platform to live stream during the incident.

Twitch, the prominent live-streaming network, confirmed that the shooting suspect utilized their platform to live stream during the incident.

The firm expressed its “devastation” at the shooting. It noted that the user “has been indefinitely removed from our service, and we are taking all appropriate measures, including monitoring for any accounts rebroadcasting this video.”
A Livestream section obtained by CNN shows the suspected gunman pulling up to a Tops shop.
The footage is shot from the suspected shooter’s perspective as he drives into the supermarket’s parking lot. Before pulling into the front of the business, the guy is seen in the rearview mirror wearing a helmet and is heard stating, “Just had to go for it.”
Customers may go through the parking lot as the suspect drives up.
According to a spokesman, Twitch terminated the feed less than two minutes after the violence began. The firm did not react immediately to follow-up queries regarding whether the suspect was actively firing when the broadcast was interrupted.

The purported manifesto talks about the ‘dwindling size of the White population.

Two federal law enforcement officials told CNN that investigators were studying a 180-page claimed manifesto uploaded online in conjunction with the shooting investigation on Saturday.

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The manifesto, which CNN received independently immediately after the incident and before officials announced the suspect’s name, is supposedly written by someone claiming to be Payton Gendron admitting to the crime.
The manifesto’s author claims to have purchased ammo for a long time but did not begin preparing for the assault until January. The author also discusses his opinions of the White population’s diminishing number and accusations of ethnic and cultural replacement of Whites.
A section of the paper is written in the form of a question and response.
The manifesto’s author traces much of his opinions to the internet and characterizes himself as a fascist, White supremacist, and anti-Semite.

He will likely face more charges

According to a news statement from the district attorney’s office, Gendron was arraigned Saturday evening before Buffalo City Court Chief Judge Craig Hannah on one count of first-degree murder.
According to Hannah, he pled not guilty. According to the statement, if convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of life in jail without the possibility of parole.
According to authorities, further charges might be filed.
“My office is investigating potential terrorist and hate crimes in collaboration with the US Attorney’s Office and our law enforcement partners. This is an active investigation, and additional charges may be filed,” Flynn said.
According to the announcement, Gendron will return to court on May 19 for a felony hearing. He will be held without bail, according to the statement.