Mass shooting in Buffalo: 10 dead as police investigate manifesto
Ten people are dead and one suspect is in custody after a man armed with a rifle and body armor opened fire on a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, on May 14, believed to be the one of the deadliest racist massacres in recent US history, and the deadliest mass shooting in the United States in 2022.
The shooting took place at Tops Friendly Market in the 1200 block of Jefferson Avenue in the state’s second-largest city, in a predominantly black neighborhood that authorities believe the suspect had specifically targeted. Thirteen people in total were shot. Among the victims, 11 were black.
Close-ups of video of Saturday’s attack, which police say was filmed by the shooter himself, show the word N and the number 14 – a known white supremacist code – written on the barrel of the weapon in white paint.
A “manifesto” has been found online, linked to 18-year-old suspect Payton Gendron, which references racist and white nationalist tropes and far-right conspiracy theories.
President Joe Biden will travel to Buffalo on Tuesday to “mourn” with the community.
“He intended to continue his attack”, according to the police
ICYMI: Payton Gendron, the suspect in the Buffalo shooting, allegedly continued shooting “more black people” after the supermarket attack, police reportedly said.
Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia told ABC News on Monday that Mr. Gendron, 18, could have continued shooting in the area of the Tops supermarket on Saturday, where 10 people were shot.
Three other people were injured in the attack and police say 11 of his alleged victims were black. Authorities described the shooting as a racially motivated hate crime.
“We have uncovered information that if he escaped the [Tops] supermarket, he intended to continue his attack,” Mr. Gramaglia said. “He planned to keep going down Jefferson Ave to shoot more black people…maybe go to another store [or] location.”
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Graeme MassieMay 17, 2022 05:01
Liz Cheney calls out the GOP for allowing white nationalism
ICYMI: Republican Congresswoman Liz Cheney called out her own party on the issue of white nationalism after Saturday’s shooting in Buffalo, and others across the United States over the weekend.
She tweeted, “House GOP leadership enabled white nationalism, white supremacy and anti-Semitism. History has taught us that what begins with words ends up much worse. GOP leaders must renounce and reject these views and those who defend them. »
It comes after the Governor of New York described the 18-year-old Buffalo shooter as a ‘white supremacist’ following revelations about his beliefs and background, as well as apparent white supremacist motives.
Republicans have stood firm for gun rights despite previous mass shootings, and some members of Congress have been accused of fostering white nationalist rhetoric.
Graeme MassieMay 17, 2022 04:04
New White House press secretary pushes back on Fox’s question about Biden’s trip to Buffalo, but not about other attack scenes
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre declined to answer a question from a Fox News correspondent who asked why President Joe Biden was able to travel to Buffalo to comfort shooting victims white supremacist mass event that took place there over the weekend, but no further disaster. -affected communities.
Andrew Feinberg has the details.
Graeme MassieMay 17, 2022 03:11
The problem with Biden’s speech about the Buffalo shooter
I don’t want to unite with people who want me dead, writes Michael Arceneaux.
Graeme MassieMay 17, 2022 02:05
Inside the data that debunks the “great replacement” theory
Versions of the conspiracy theory have been around for decades, if not centuries – but the data does not support the claims, writes Andrew Buncombe.
Graeme MassieMay 17, 2022 01:15
Schumer accuses ‘MAGA Republicans and cable news pundits’ of broadcasting ‘echoes’ of Buffalo shooter’s ideology
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer joined the chorus of voices accusing the right of spreading the same ideology as the shooters in Buffalo, Christchurch, El Paso and other attacks motivated by the racist belief of ” white replacement theory.
Speaking on the US Senate floor on Monday, Mr Schumer slammed conservatives for spreading what he said were ‘echoes’ of the same delusions as the suspect in the mass shooting that happened over the weekend -end in Buffalo adopted in a lengthy manifesto published online before. the attack.
John Bowden has the story.
Graeme MassieMay 17, 2022 12:05 a.m.
Obama reacts to ‘despicable’ Buffalo shooting
The former president took to Twitter to condemn the mass shooting by a white nationalist in a predominantly black neighborhood of Buffalo.
“This weekend’s shooting in Buffalo tragically reminds us of the price we pay for refusing to restrict easy access to firearms. It should also serve as a wake-up call to all Americans of goodwill, regardless of party,” he said.
“We must repudiate in the strongest terms the politicians and media personalities who – whether for political gain or to boost ratings – have used their platforms to promote and normalize ‘replacement theory’. and other racist, anti-Semitic and nativist conspiracy theories. .
“It’s despicable, it’s dangerous – and it has to stop.”
Graeme MassieMay 16, 2022 11:31 p.m.
Buffalo man arrested and charged with terrorism threat
A Buffalo man has been arrested and charged with making a terrorist threat against two businesses following the mass shooting in the city.
The Erie County District Attorney’s Office alleges Joseph S Chowaniec threatened a pizzeria on Delaware Avenue in Buffalo and a downtown beer hall.
Investigators say the 52-year-old called both businesses on Sunday afternoon and made threats referring to the shooting at Tops Friendly Markets in the city, which killed 10 people and injured three others.
Mr. Chowaniec faces seven years in prison if convicted.
Graeme MassieMay 16, 2022 10:58 p.m.
Radio call reveals first responders’ alarm
ICYMI: Radio calls between dispatchers and first responders at the Buffalo’s Tops Friendly Market scene over the weekend revealed concern over the discovery of bodies at the supermarket.
According to the audio obtained by Buffalo News On Sunday, a police officer notified dispatchers to alert detectives to the homicides because “we have bodies down here.”
The call came after police were dispatched to the scene at 2:31 p.m. to find an active fire situation and immediately told dispatchers, “Radio, send as many cars as you can.”
Shots were still being fired by the suspected shooter, 18-year-old Payton Gendron, as other police cruisers were dispatched to the store on Jefferson Avenue in the city.
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Graeme MassieMay 16, 2022 10:37 p.m.
ICYMI: The parents of 18-year-old Buffalo shooting suspect Payton Gendron were interviewed by FBI agents over the weekend, police said.
On Sunday, Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia said investigators, including FBI agents and New York State Troopers, attended Mr. Gendron’s family home, where they interviewed his parents.
Although details remain scarce, Mr. Gramaglia said both of Mr. Gendron’s parents were cooperating with authorities.
The police commissioner also said they were “absolutely shocked and devastated” by their son’s arrest in connection with the shooting at Tops Friendly Market on Saturday, Fox News reported.
Police believe the suspected gunman acted alone when he shot dead 10 people in the Buffalo supermarket, about 200 miles from his home in Conklin, New York.
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Graeme MassieMay 16, 2022 10:01 p.m.