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Racial Motivated Gunman Kills 10 and Wounds 3 in Buffalo Supermarket

After allegedly posting a manifesto professing racial motives, a white gunman went into a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, killed 10 people, and wounded 3. The 18-year-old male streamed the attack on the social media platform Twitch before it was removed less than two minutes later. The Erie County Sherriff has called the attack, “pure evil”.

Sherriff Garcia went on to say, “straight-up racially motivated, hate crime from somebody outside of our community—outside of the city of Good Neighbors” at a news conference. The suspect, Payton Gendron, drove from his home hours away in Conklin in tactical gear and opened fire in the parking lot at around 2:30 pm. After fatally shooting three people and wounding another he entered the store.  Out of the 13 victims, 11 were black and 2 were white. 

In the manifesto posted by Gendron online prior to the attack, he claimed to have been radicalized online and focused on ideology consistent with replacement theory. This ideology is nothing new and has been used to excuse and justify racist rhetoric for decades. Essentially it is the fear of the whiteness becoming a minority, veiled behind excuses of preserving culture. Gendron claims he was first introduced to extremist ideology when he was “bored” at the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

Gendron has been remanded without bail and is scheduled for a felony hearing on Thursday. The Attorney General has released a written statement saying the Justice Department is investigating the incident as “a hate crime and an act of racially motivated violent extremism”. 

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