Gunman kills 10 in live-streamed racial attack on New York state supermarket PiPa News

Gunman kills 10 in live-streamed racial attack on New York state supermarket

Buffalo, NY (Reuters) – An 18-year-old white gunman shot and killed 10 people and wounded three at a grocery store in a black neighborhood of New York on Saturday, before surrendering to authorities. Said the “racial” act. inspired violent extremism.”

Authorities said the suspect, who was armed with an assault-style rifle and appeared to have acted alone, drove from his home in Buffalo several hours away to launch the afternoon attack, which he posted on social media platform Twitch. Broadcast in real time on, a live video service owned by Amazon.com (AMZN.O).

Officials said 11 of the 13 people killed in the shootings were black. Two others were white. The racial division of the dead was not clarified.

Court papers named the suspect as Peyton Gendron of Conklin, a town of about 5,000 people in New York’s Southern Tier area near the Pennsylvania border.

Erie County District Attorney John Flynn said he was arrested hours after the shooting in state court on charges of first-degree murder, which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison without parole. There is no death penalty in New York.

Flynn said the judge also ordered Gendrone to remain in custody without bail and undergo a “forensic examination.” Gendron was to return to court on May 19.

handed over to the police

Authorities said the teen, as told by local media, was a student at Broome Community College at the State University of New York near Binghamton, had come close to taking his own life before being arrested.

Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia told a news briefing that when confronted by officers at the store, the suspect held a gun to his neck, but told them to drop the weapon and surrender.

Gramaglia said the gunman shot and killed three people in the parking lot of a Top Friendly Markets outlet before exchanging fire with a retired police officer working as a security guard for the store, but the suspect was killed. saved by his body armor.

The guard was one of 10 people who were shot and killed, the other nine being all customers. Authorities said three other employees of the store, part of a regional chain, were injured but are expected to survive.

Shonell Harris, a manager at Topps, told Buffalo News that she thought she heard 70 gunshots and fell several times as she exited the store.

“He looked like he was in the army,” he told the newspaper, describing the camouflage-clad attacker.

Retired firefighter Katherine Crofton, who lives nearby, said she witnessed the start of bloodshed from her porch.

“I saw him shoot this woman,” Crofton told the newspaper. “She was just going to the store. And then she shot another woman. She was putting groceries in her car. I got down because I didn’t know he was going to shoot me.”

‘bad person’

FBI Special Agent Stephen Belongia, in charge of the bureau’s Buffalo Field office, said the attack would be investigated as a hate crime and as an act of “racially motivated violent extremism” under federal law.

“This man was pure evil,” Erie County Sheriff John Garcia said at a news conference, his voice trembling with emotion. “It was a straight-up racially motivated hate crime from someone outside our community.”

US President Biden called the shooting “disgusting to the fabric of this country” in a statement released late Saturday. “Hate should have no safe haven. We must do everything in our power to end hate-mongering domestic terrorism.”

New York Governor Cathy Hochul said at a news conference late in the evening that she was disappointed that the killer managed to live-stream his attack on social media, which he described as hosting a “feeding frenzy” of violent extremist ideology. Charged.

“The fact that it can even be posted on a forum is absolutely shocking,” Hochul said. “These outlets should be more cautious in their monitoring of social media content.”

Twitch said in a statement that it removed the livestream less than two minutes after it began and was working to ensure no other accounts repost the content. Hochul said it should have been removed “within a second”.

Screenshots of the broadcast were posted on social media, some of which showed the shooter holding a gun and standing on top of a dead body in a grocery store.

A document circulating online, which appears to have been written by the killer, lays out a to-do list for the attack, which includes cleaning the gun and testing a livestream.

In addition, a 180-page manifesto outlining ‘The Great Replacement Theory’ – the idea that white people are being replaced by minorities in the United States and other countries – also circulated online, allegedly Gendron wrote.

A spokesman for Flynn’s office declined to comment on the documents. The FBI could not immediately be reached for comment.

The governor also said she would introduce a previously planned “comprehensive” gun control package on Tuesday “to plug loopholes in our (state) laws.”

Hochul stated that the firearm used in the murders was purchased legally, but was illegally modified with a high-capacity magazine, which he said could easily have been purchased legally in Pennsylvania. .

The Buffalo shooting follows a pattern of other racially motivated mass murders in recent years, including the Pittsburgh Synagogue attack, which killed 11 congregations in October 2018, and the March 2021 Atlanta spa shooting in which a white man killed eight people, targeted Asians.

Saturday’s shooting spree is reminiscent of the 2019 attack on a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, when the killer live-streamed the killings on Facebook.

Buffalo Mayor Brian Brown called for unity in what he called a “day of great pain for our community.”

“Many of us have been in and out of this supermarket several times,” he told reporters. “We cannot let this disgusting person divide our community or our country.”

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