Buffalo mass shooting suspect intended to ‘continue rampage’ after killing 10 people at grocery store, police say

The alleged suspect in the mass shooting in Buffalo, New York, intended to “continue his rampage” after he opened fire in a supermarket, killing 10 people, the police commissioner of the area said on Monday. the city, Joseph Gramaglia.

“There was evidence that was uncovered that he had plans, if he got out of here, to continue his rampage and to continue shooting people,” he told CNN. “He had even talked about possibly going to another store.”

There are “documents” indicating that the suspect intended to shoot “another large supermarket”, Gramaglia said.

“He was going to get in his car and keep going down Jefferson Avenue and keep doing the same thing,” he said.

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Mourners gathered outside a supermarket in a predominantly black section of Buffalo, New York, to honor 10 people killed in a mass shooting on Saturday, their grief intensified by what authorities say is the racist motive of the shooter.
The shock in this community and the country has multiplied as more and more details have emerged of a racist manifesto allegedly written by the 18-year-old white man believed to have traveled nearly 200 miles from his home to trigger an attack at the grocery store in a predominantly black neighborhood. piece.
Eleven of the 13 people shot were black, officials said, and the massacre is being investigated as a hate crime. The victims range in age from 20 to 86, police said, including a former police officer who tried to arrest the shooter and a 62-year-old woman doing her usual grocery shopping with her fiancé.

The shooting, which also injured three, was a “racist hate crime committed by someone outside of our community,” Erie County Sheriff John Garcia said. “It was pure evil.”

The shooter opened fire Saturday afternoon outside a Tops Friendly Markets store, killing several people in the parking lot before entering the building. He exchanged gunfire with an armed security guard – who was killed – and shot others inside, then got out and surrendered to police.

Investigators believe the suspect was in Buffalo a day before the shooting and did a reconnaissance at the Tops Friendly Markets store, Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia said. They also believe he acted alone, Gramaglia said.

The suspect, Payton S. Gendron, pleaded not guilty Saturday night to a charge of first-degree murder, Buffalo City Court Chief Judge Craig Hannah told CNN, and the district attorney said he planned to bring further charges. Gendron is being held without bail and on suicide watch, Garcia said. If found guilty, he faces a maximum of life in prison without the possibility of parole.
“I’m sad, I’m hurt, I’m angry because I never thought this would have happened here in the city of Buffalo,” CNN affiliate Liz Bosley told Spectrum News NY1.

Kelly Galloway’s family shop for groceries on Saturday mornings, she told the station. “It could have been our mothers, our grandmothers, our aunts, our uncles,” she said. “And that was us. That was us.”

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown addressed worshipers at a church on Sunday, saying of the dead: “Their lives and their example should be an example to us, that we need to love each other more, we need to care more about the each other because we don’t know when our time might come.”

Those in the supermarket were “going about their daily business, leaving in the morning and expecting to be home in the evening with their families”, he said. “Many of us stood side by side yesterday in pain as we all suffer at the aftermath of this horrific, racist and violent attack on our community.”

A woman writes a Sunday chalk message on a makeshift memorial outside a Tops grocery store in Buffalo.

More information on the so-called emerging manifesto

Local and state officials, along with the FBI and the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, are seeking more information about the shooting and the shooter’s intent.

“We continue to investigate this matter as a hate crime, a federal hate crime, and a crime perpetrated by a racially motivated violent extremist,” Stephen Belongia, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Buffalo field office, said Sunday. conference.

The shooter began a live stream of the attack, with the video deleted less than two minutes after the violence began, live streaming service Twitch said in a statement to CNN.

Authorities “will be looking at numerous digital platforms, computers, phones, cameras and anything else that comes into play in this investigation,” Gramaglia said Sunday.

“The evidence we have uncovered so far makes no mistake that this is an absolute racist hate crime. It will be prosecuted as a hate crime,” Gramaglia said. “He is someone who has hatred in his heart, soul and mind.”

Evidence may include a 180-page manifesto attributed to the suspect and posted online just before the attack. CNN independently obtained the document shortly after the mass shooting – before authorities released the suspect’s name – and law enforcement sources told CNN his description of the weapons matched the weapons. used by the suspect.
In it, the suspect would detail how he radicalized himself by reading online chat rooms and describes the attack as terrorism and himself as a white supremacist. He subscribed to a “great replacement” theory – the false belief that white Americans are “replaced” by people of other races. Once a fringe idea, the “replacement theory” has recently become a topic of discussion for Fox News host Tucker Carlson, as well as other prominent conservatives.

The manifesto author also writes that the Buffalo supermarket is in a zip code that “has the highest percentage of black people that is close enough to where I live.”

"Replacement"  conspiracies driving gunmen creep into mainstream politics

The zip code that includes the store, 14208, is 78% black — the highest percentage of black population of any zip code in upstate New York — according to the 2020 U.S. Community Survey. US Census Bureau. The suspect in the shooting is from the town of Conklin, a three and a half hour drive from Buffalo.

The manifesto also states that the suspect purchased the primary gun he used, a Bushmaster XM-15, from a gun store before “illegally modifying it.”

“We are obviously going through (the manifesto) with a fine-toothed comb and reviewing it for any evidence,” Erie County District Attorney John Flynn told CNN.

The suspected shooter was on police radar about a year ago, officials said.

As a student last June at Susquehanna Valley Central High School, he made a “widespread threat” that was not racially motivated, Gramaglia said. The student was brought in for a mental health evaluation and released after a day and a half, he said.

New York State Police are investigating and responding to a report that a 17-year-old student made “a threatening statement” in June at the same high school, an agency spokesperson confirmed to CNN. The student was taken into custody and in hospital for an evaluation of his mental health.

The whole community affected by the mass shootings

Saturday’s attack stunned those living in the heart of the Kingsley and Masten Park neighborhoods.

Geraldine Talley, 62, was doing her usual grocery shopping, shopping with her fiancé on Saturday when she was fatally shot, her niece Lakesha Chapman told CNN.

“She’s sweet, sweet, you know, party life,” Chapman said. “She was the person who always organized our family reunion, she was a passionate baker… mother of two beautiful children.”

“We are outraged,” she added. “This is obviously not the first attack unleashed by the breed in America. However, it is the first to hit our home.”

New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced $2.8 million for victims and their families, her office said in a statement.

“The whole world is watching how we will come together as New Yorkers to overcome this unthinkable tragedy. Buffalo, my hometown, is the city of good neighbors and New York State will be good neighbors to them,” said she declared.

She had just arrived at the store to have ice cream with her daughters.  Then people started screaming and running away

With the grocery store closed due to the investigation, Tops Markets is working with a Masten district representative to secure free food and supplies, as well as free transportation, for those in need, he said. declared.

The supermarket is in a so-called “food desert” — where access to fresh food and groceries is limited — and “served as the only supermarket within walking distance for many Buffalonians,” Hochul said.

The mayor called the site “near and dear” to his heart.

“He’s someone I hang out with once in a while,” Brown said Saturday, “my family hangs out once in a while, and some of the victims of this shooter’s attack are people we all know here.”

CNN’s Casey Tolan, Artemis Moshtaghian, Sarah Jorgensen, Polo Sandoval, Chuck Johnston, Samantha Beech, Liam Reilly, Eric Levenson, Amir Vera, Dakin Andone, Haley Burton, Emma Tucker and Shimon Prokupecz contributed to this report.

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