Police call mass shooting ‘racially motivated violent extremism’

A mass shooting that killed at least 10 people at a supermarket in Buffalo was described as “racially motivated violent extremism” by authorities.

Olice said an 18-year-old white man in military attire used a helmet camera to live-stream the attack on mostly black shoppers and workers on Saturday.

For at least two minutes, he streamed the shooting live on the streaming platform Twitch before the service ended its broadcast.

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Authorities said the gunman entered the supermarket with a rifle and opened fire (Joshua Bessex/AP)

Police said he shot 11 black victims and two who were white before turning himself in to police. He later appeared before a judge in a paper medical gown and was indicted on murder charges.

The suspected shooter has been identified as Payton Gendron of Conklin, New York, about 200 miles southeast of Buffalo.

Speaking near the scene of the attack, Governor Kathy Hochul said: “It is my sincere hope that this individual, this white supremacist who has just committed a hate crime against an innocent community, will spend the rest of his days behind bars. And heaven help you in the next world too.”

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Police investigate after supermarket shooting (Joshua Bessex/AP)

It was not immediately clear why Gendron traveled to Buffalo to stage the attack. A clip apparently from his Twitch feed, posted on social media, showed him arriving at the grocery store in his car.

Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia said the gunman shot four people outside the store, three fatally.

Inside the store, a security guard who was a retired Buffalo police officer fired several shots, but a bullet that hit the gunman’s bulletproof vest had no effect, the commissioner added.

The sniper then killed the guard before walking through the store shooting other victims. When confronted by the police, the suspect put the gun to his own neck before the officers convinced him to drop the weapon.

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Investigators believe the man may have been live-streaming the shooting and were investigating whether he posted a manifesto online.

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown told a news conference: “This is the worst nightmare any community can face, and we are hurting and boiling right now.

“The depth of pain that the families are feeling and that we are all feeling right now cannot even be explained.”

In an earlier press conference, Erie County Sheriff John Garcia called the shooting a hate crime.

“That was pure evil. It was a racially motivated hate crime of someone from outside our community, outside the city of good neighbors…

Tops Friendly Markets released a statement saying, “We are shocked and deeply saddened by this senseless act of violence and our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.”

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