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Buffalo Supermarket Shooting Leaves 10 Dead, 3 Wounded

A hate-filled and racist supermarket shooting this past Saturday in Buffalo, New York left 10 people dead, and three others injured. The horrific tragedy took place at a Tops Friendly Markets Store in the Kingsley neighborhood, an area with a heavy African American population. The Kingsley neighborhood is situated on the eastern side of Buffalo. 


 


The gunman, 18-year-old Payton Gendron was arrested and charged with first-degree murder on multiple counts. Gendron, who wore body armor and military-style clothing, had a head-mounted camera attached to the top of the military-grade helmet that he wore so he could live stream the attack via Twitch.


 


The gun that the Gendron used was a Bushmaster XM-15 semi-automatic rifle that he illegally modified. Multiple media outlets reported that the perpetrator had two more guns, a Savage Arms Axis XP hunting rifle and a Mossberg 500shotgun, stashed in his car as backup weapons. 


 


Given that the store where the shooting took place is in a predominantly black neighborhood and that 11 of the 13 people shot (dead and wounded) were black and two were white, law enforcement officials in Buffalo have called the supermarket shooting a hate crime. 


 


“This is pure evil, a racially motivated hate crime," John Garcia, the sheriff of Erie County, stated in a news conference that took place hours after the shooting. 


 


Stephen Belongia, the head of the FBI’s agency in Buffalo, told reporters at the same news conference that the agency is investigating the attack as “both as a hate crime and racially motivated violent extremism.”


 


Two days prior to the shooting, Gendron reportedly wrote an 180-page manifesto in which he describes himself as a fascist, a white supremacist, and an anti-Semite. He claims to have been radicalized on the controversial website 4chan during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.


 


The hate-filled manifesto also promotes the “great replacement" theory, the white nationalist far-right theory which claims that white people are being subjected to genocide via immigration and decreasing white birth rates.


 


Gendron also wrote in the manifesto that the main reason why he selected the Tops Friendly Markets Store in Buffalo’s Kingsley neighborhood was due it being the city with the most black residents that was closest from his home. Gendron is from Conklin, New York, which is about 200 miles and a three-and-a-half-hour drive from Buffalo.


 


President Joe Biden condemned the shootings in a lengthy statement on Saturday: 


 


“Tonight, we grieve for the families of ten people whose lives were senselessly taken and everyone who is suffering the physical and emotional wounds of this horrific shooting. We are grateful for the bravery of members of law enforcement and other first responders who took immediate action to try to protect and save lives. The First Lady and I are praying for the victims and their families, and hearts all across this country are with the people of Buffalo.


 


“We still need to learn more about the motivation for today’s shooting as law enforcement does its work, but we don’t need anything else to state a clear moral truth: A racially motivated hate crime is abhorrent to the very fabric of this nation. Any act of domestic terrorism, including an act perpetrated in the name of a repugnant white nationalist ideology, is antithetical to everything we stand for in America. Hate must have no safe harbor. We must do everything in our power to end hate-fueled domestic terrorism.”


On May 15, The White House announced that President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden will visit Buffalo on Tuesday, May 17 to meet with local leaders and community members and to “grieve with the community that lost ten lives in a senseless and horrific mass shooting”. The Bidens will also meet with the wounded survivors and the families of the deceased victims. 


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