An 18-year-old assailant was arrested without bail after a mass shooting at a New York State supermarket on charges of first-degree murder, authorities said. “Hate Crime” And “Racially-inspired violent extremism.”
A heavily armed shooter wearing a bulletproof vest and a tactical helmet first fires into a parking lot and then into a Tops Friendly Market in Buffalo around 2:30 a.m. Saturday, killing ten shoppers and employees and injuring three others – all during live streaming. Attack online.
He turned his shotgun on himself when apprehended by a police officer on the porch of the house where the shootings took place, police said.
Authorities say 11 of the dead were black, and Erie County Sheriff John Garcia described the attack. “Pure evil” And a “Directly racially motivated hate crime from someone outside our community.”
The suspect was identified as Payton Gendron, 18, of another New York State community in Conclin, about 200 miles southeast of Buffalo, when he appeared in court Saturday. He was charged with first-degree murder and could remain in prison without parole under NY state law. The next court hearing was scheduled for the next hearing as he was not convicted.
Several federal agencies, including the FBI and ATF, are assisting local authorities in their investigation into the attack. “Cases of both hate crime and racially motivated violent extremism,” According to Stephen Belongia, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Buffalo Field Office.
New York Governor Kathy Hochul called the attacker “White supremacists who have just committed heinous crimes against an innocent community.” To reveal “I sincerely hope this man … spends the rest of his days in prison.”
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