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Supermarket massacre probed as hate crime

Added 05-15-22 12:37:02am EST - “An 18yo gunman has been detained without bail following what authorities called a "racially motivated" act of "violent extremism"” - Rt.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “Supermarket massacre probed as hate crime”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

An 18-year-old attacker was detained without bail on first-degree murder charges following a mass shooting at a supermarket in New York state, that authorities described as a “hate crime” and “racially motivated violent extremism.”

The heavily-armed shooter wearing a bulletproof vest and a tactical helmet first opened fire at a parking lot and then inside a Tops Friendly Market in Buffalo around 2:30pm on Saturday, killing ten shoppers and employees, and injuring three others  – all while livestreaming the attack online.

When police arrived at the scene and confronted the gunman, he reportedly put the rifle to his neck, but was eventually persuaded to drop the weapon and surrender.

Authorities said that 11 of his victims were black, with Erie County Sheriff John Garcia describing the attack as “pure evil” and a “straight up racially motivated hate crime from somebody outside of our community.”

The suspect was identified as 18yo Payton Gendron from a New York state community of Conklin, about 200 miles southeast of Buffalo when he appeared before court later on Saturday. He was charged with first degree murder and could face life in prison with no parole under NY state laws. The next court hearing was scheduled for next week after he pleaded not guilty. 

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