space traveling warriors tier list : Buffalo shooting: 10 people died in a racially motivated mass shooting at a supermarket, police say. 18-year-old suspect is arrested


The shooting took place Saturday afternoon at a Tops Friendly Markets store. The suspect in the shooting, a white man, is in custody, police said. He has been identified as Payton Gendron, 18, and has pleaded not guilty to the first-degree murder charge brought against him in court Saturday night, Buffalo City Court Chief Justice Craig Hannah told CNN.

Thirteen were shot in the attack and 10 died. Of those shot, 11 were black and two were white, officials said. Two people remain hospitalized in stable condition, an Erie County Medical Center spokesperson told CNN.

“There are two aspects of the murder in the first degree indictment that could potentially be charged here,” Erie County District Attorney John Flynn told a news conference Saturday afternoon. “There’s a certain subdivision of first-degree murder that explains various individuals being shot and killed, which is what we have here.”

Flynn said his office is also investigating the second subdivision of murder in the first degree charge, which has a racial component. The prosecutor said his office is looking to ensure they have the best charge against the suspect, but “from a state perspective, it’s life without parole and that’s as high as we can go.”

Saturday’s Buffalo massacre is the latest mass shooting in which authorities said the suspect was motivated by hatred, including attacks on a Walmart in El Paso, Texas; the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh; Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston and the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.

The US Department of Justice is investigating the mass shooting “as a hate crime and racially motivated act of violent extremism,” according to a statement from US Attorney General Merrick Garland.

“The Department of Justice is committed to conducting a thorough and prompt investigation into this shooting and to seeking justice for these innocent victims,” ​​the statement said.

The FBI is assisting with the investigation, Stephen Belongia, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Buffalo field office, told a news conference.

The Tops supermarket targeted by Saturday's attack is located near the Masten Park and Kingsley areas, in the heart of Buffalo's black community.

The suspect drove from Buffalo to Tops Market heavily armed, wearing tactical gear and had a camera where he was live streaming what he was doing, said Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia.

Investigators are reviewing an alleged manifesto posted online in connection with the mass shooting, two federal police officers told CNN.

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CNN obtained a portion of the live stream taken from the gunman’s point of view as he pulled into the supermarket parking lot. The gunman, who is seen in the rearview mirror wearing a helmet, is heard saying, “I just have to go ahead” before entering the front of the store.

In the video, shoppers can be seen walking through the parking lot as the suspect arrives.

The suspect then shot four people in the store’s parking lot, Gramaglia said. Three of those individuals died and one survived, Gramaglia said.

He then entered the market and started shooting at the shop’s customers, Gramaglia said.

A supermarket security guard, a retired Buffalo Police officer, “fired several shots at the suspect,” but the suspect’s tactical gear shielded him from the officer’s shots, Gramaglia said.

The suspect fatally shot the security guard and continued through the grocery store, working toward the front of the store, where he encountered Buffalo police officers.

The suspect put the gun to his own neck, at which point two Buffalo officers convinced him to drop the weapon and then removed some of his tactical gear and surrendered to police, officials said. Police arrested the suspect and transported him to Buffalo Police Headquarters.

“This is the worst nightmare any community can face, and we are hurting and boiling right now as a community,” said Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown. “The depth of pain that the families are feeling and that we are all feeling right now cannot even be explained.”

Tops Friendly Markets released a statement following the shooting, saying it was “shocked and deeply saddened”.

“We appreciate the quick response of local police and are providing all available resources to assist authorities in the ongoing investigation,” the statement said.

Twitch, the popular live streaming platform best known for gaming, confirmed Saturday that the suspect used its platform to broadcast a live stream during the attack. The suspect was “suspended indefinitely” from the platform. A Twitch spokesperson said the company removed the live stream less than two minutes after the violence began.

Buffalo joins growing list of hate-fueled shootings

The Tops supermarket targeted by Saturday’s attack is located near the Masten Park and Kingsley areas, in the heart of Buffalo’s black community.

The supermarket is about two blocks away from the public library named after Frank Elliott Merriweather Jr., the former editor of the Buffalo Criterion, a black newspaper. And it is about half a mile from the Buffalo Black Achievers Museum.

“You now have a white… bully in a black (majority) community. Why did he choose this market?” CNN national security analyst Juliette Kayyem said.

Saturday’s shooting adds to the list of hate-fueled violence in the United States in recent years. It marks yet another incident in the growing number of mass shootings in the United States, which reached 197 for the year on Saturday afternoon, according to the newspaper. Armed Violence File. The archive and CNN define a mass shooting as an incident in which four or more people are shot, not including the shooter.

Experts consider easy access to guns a root cause of violence, and open-carry states lower the barrier to people owning and carrying guns in public. But the increase in violence since the summer of 2020 has been widespread, in cities and states with loose and strict gun laws, with progressive and conservative prosecutors, as well as Republican and Democratic mayors and governors.

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Among other recent attacks, officials say they were motivated by hatred:

— In August 2019, police said a man killed 22 people and wounded nearly two dozen in a mass shooting at a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas.

The riot was the deadliest attack on Latinos in modern US history.

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Patrick Crusius was accused of killing and harming victims “because of any person’s real and perceived national origin,” the indictment states. He has pleaded not guilty and has not yet been tried.

— In October 2018, 11 worshipers were killed at the Tree of Life Synagogue.

Federal prosecutors have filed hate crime charges against Robert Bowers, claiming he used anti-Semitic slurs and criticized a Jewish group on a social media site in the days leading up to the shooting.

Bowers in 2019 pleaded not guilty. He is yet to be tried.

Federal prosecutors said they will seek the death penalty on charges that include obstruction of the free exercise of religious beliefs resulting in death, use and discharge of a firearm to commit murder and possession of a firearm during a violent crime.

— In June 2016, a US-born man who had sworn allegiance to ISIS killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando.

The gunman, Omar Mateen, 29, of Fort Pierce, Fla., carried an assault rifle and pistol into the crowded Pulse club at around 2 a.m. on June 12, 2016 and began shooting, killing 49 people, officials said. .

Mateen, who died in a shootout with police on the day of the massacre, was interviewed by the FBI in 2013 and 2014 but was not considered a threat, the FBI said.

— In June 2015, white supremacist Dylann Roof killed nine African-American worshipers at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

Roof was convicted on federal charges and sentenced to death in January 2017. He was the first federal hate crime defendant to be sentenced to death, a Justice Department spokesperson said.

— In August 2012, another place of worship was the scene of a mass shooting. A gunman opened fire on a gurdwara in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, during services, killing six and wounding four. Wade Michael Page died of a self-inflicted wound, the FBI said.

Then-Attorney General Eric Holder called the attack “an act of terrorism, an act of hate, a hate crime.”

According to a man who described himself as an old friend of Page’s from the Army, the attacker talked about “racial holy war” when they served together in the 1990s.

CNN’s Sabrina Shulman, Phil Gast, Brian Stelter, Christina Maxouris and Peter Nickeas contributed to this report.

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