An 18-year-old suspect has been 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.”
Heavy-armed gunmen wearing bulletproof vests and a tactical helmet first opened fire on a parking lot and then inside a Tops Friendly Market in Buffalo around 2:30 a.m. Saturday, killing 10 shoppers and employees and injuring three others – all killed during live streaming online.
When police arrived at the scene and confronted the gunman, he put the rifle around his neck, but eventually agreed to drop the weapon and surrender.
Authorities say Erie County Sheriff John Garcia described the attack as one of the 11 blacks and two whites he shot. “Pure evil” And a “Directly racially motivated hate crime from someone outside our community.”
The suspect was identified as 18-year-old Payton Gendron from Conclin, New York City, about 200 miles southeast of Buffalo, when he appeared in court Saturday. He was charged with first-degree murder and could face life in prison without parole under New York State law. The next court hearing was scheduled for the next hearing as he was not convicted.
Multiple federal agencies, including the FBI and ATF, are assisting local authorities in their investigation.
New York Governor Kathy Hutchul attacked 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.”
US President Joe Biden addressed the tragedy in a written statement on Saturday night, saying there was still much to learn about the motive for the shootings. “Tell a clear moral truth.”
“Any act of internal terrorism, including an act committed in the name of an abominable white nationalist ideology, is the opposite of everything we stand for in America.” Biden says. “We must do everything in our power to end hate-fueled internal terrorism.”
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