how told CBS, citing police, the shooter entered the Tops Friendly Markets store around 2:30 pm local time (10:30 pm Moscow time) on May 14. He was wearing a bulletproof vest and a helmet, he was armed with a rifle. Also, the criminal had a camera and he broadcast live from the scene of the murder.
According to Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia, the suspect opened fire while still in the parking lot, where he killed three people and wounded another. Only after that he went to the supermarket. A retired policeman worked as a security guard there, who fired several shots at the attacker, but he was saved by a bulletproof vest and a helmet. The shooter then killed the guard.
According to Gramagli, in the end, the suspect returned to the entrance to the store and ran into the police. He put a weapon to his neck, but the security forces persuaded the shooter to surrender and detained him.
According to CNN, the suspect’s name is Payton Gendron, who pleads not guilty to first-degree murder, which he is charged with following the shooting. The court appointed the young man a forensic medical examination. If found guilty, he faces life imprisonment without parole.
Erie County District Attorney John Flynn said Gendron came to Buffalo from Conklin, about a 3.5 hour drive. It is assumed that the suspect was deliberately heading to the area of the city, which is populated predominantly by African Americans. The prosecutor added that he was investigating possible allegations of terrorism.
According to officials, the crime was motivated by racial hatred. “We are investigating this incident as a hate crime and as a case of racially motivated violent extremism,” FBI Buffalo spokesman Stephen Belongia said at a press conference.
According to CBS sources, during the shooting, the suspect shouted racist slurs, which were also written on his weapon. In addition, it is assumed that Gendron published a manifesto with racist language filled with hatred on the Internet.
At a press conference, officials said 11 of the 13 victims were African American.
US President Joe Biden condemned the “terrible” shooting. “The First Lady and I pray for the victims and their families, and the hearts of the whole country with the people of Buffalo,” he wrote.
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