The white teenager, accused of killing 10 black men at a grocery store in New York, had been planning to shoot for months – and had prematurely scoped the location, with social media posts blaming the suspect for the show.
Peyton Gendron, who visited Buffalo’s Tops Friendly Market three times on March 18 and 8, later wrote that he intended to kill – according to the post he did on Discord and 4chan, both sites popular with radicals.
CNN and The Washington Post reported that he wrote and mapped out how many black and white shoppers were inside the supermarket isles.
Zendron posted that during his third trip, he was approached by a “black armed security guard” who asked him what he was doing inside and outside the store.
The accused shooter made an excuse to collect census data. “It was a close call waiting,” Gendron wrote.
In a March 10 post, Gendron wrote, “I’m going to kill that security guard in Tops. I hope he doesn’t kill me or even hit me instantly,” CNN reported.
Among those killed in Saturday’s shooting was a retired police officer working as a security guard. 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.
Zendron first wrote about the killing of black people in December, and in February decided to target Tops based on the large African-American population around him, according to the post, which reviewed 600 pages of online messages.
Zendron said he chose Buffalo as his preferred location for the attack because its zip code had a larger black population than other locations he was considering, CNN reported.
He complained about how he planned to carry out his attack on March 15 but delayed it several times.
Wearing heavy body armor and powered by an AR-15 assault rifle, the white supremacist is accused of livestreaming racist violence on Saturday.
He is not guilty of a single count of first-degree murder.
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