Eighteen-year-old Payton Gendron shot and killed ten Americans in a supermarket in the American city of Buffalo on Saturday. He has posted a racist manifesto online before the attack. He broadcast images of the shooting live on Twitch via a camera on his helmet.
Politie: dit was daad van racisme. Man reed uren om een supermarkt tot doelwit te maken in een wijk met veel zwarte mensen.
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A police source tells The New York Times that Gendron has put a racist manifesto online detailing the planning for the act of terror. In it he also told about his motives: the eighteen-year-old, white supremacist wanted to shoot as many black people as possible.
The attacker drove to a supermarket hours away in a neighborhood where predominantly black Americans live. Eleven of the thirteen victims are black, according to a local police chief. The FBI is treating the attack as a hate crime and as “racially motivated violent extremism.”
After Gendron – who was wearing army clothes, a bulletproof vest and a black helmet – had several victims, he was boxed in by police officers. The terrorist aimed the firearm at himself, but the officers persuaded him to drop his firearm. He was brought before a judge on Saturday evening. He remains in prison and cannot be released on bail. Gendron is expected to appear in court again next week.
NEW VIDEO: Mass shooting suspect – Payton Gendron, 18, of Conklin, NY – is arraigned in court in downtown Buffalo. He is charged in connection with the shooting at a Tops supermarket, which killed ten people and also left three others injured. pic.twitter.com/ZCJuLsvdF7
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Mayor Byron Brown speaks of “the worst nightmare a community can face” . New York governor Kathy Hochul called the perpetrator a “white supremacist guilty of an act of terrorism”. She added: “This was a summary execution of people who were just running errands.”
“All I heard was shots. Shots and shots and shots,” a grocery store worker told The Buffalo News . The man hid with a few other people in a cold store. A local resident tells the newspaper that he saw a woman who walked into the supermarket was shot. “And then he shot another woman who was just loading her car. I bent down quickly because I didn’t know if he was going to shoot me too.”
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