Ten people were killed and three more were wounded on Saturday in a mass shooting at a Buffalo, New York supermarket.
“This was pure evil,” said Erie County Sheriff John Garcia. “This was a straight-up racially motivated hate crime from somebody outside of our community,” citing cbsnews.
The Associated Press reports that the suspect, identified as Payton Gendron, 18, from Conklin, New York, was arrested after firing 60 bullets from a military-grade rifle at Tops Friendly Market.
Gendron was wearing military-style clothing and was equipped with a high-powered rifle, body armour, and a helmet. He drove 200 miles to assault a black supermarket. Officials said 11 of the 13 victims were black and 2 were white.
He live-streamed the incident on Twitch. Admins disabled the webcast after two minutes. He shot four persons in the parking area and then customers inside the store.
The New York Times reports that the suspect pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder when he was arraigned on Saturday night, and was ordered jailed without bond. He answered, “I Understand my charges.” The next hearing is May 19.
The US Justice Department is looking into the incident as a “hate crime and an act of racially-motivated extremism.” On Saturday, a supposed manifesto related to the Buffalo mass shooting probe was uploaded online.
This is the worst nightmare that any community can face, and we are hurting and we are seething right now as a community,” Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said. President Biden called for a thorough investigation, and said there was no harbor for “hate-filled domestic terrorism.”