BUFFALO, NY (WIVB) – The United States Department of Justice is investigating Saturday’s mass shooting at a Buffalo supermarket as a hate crime and an act of racially motivated violent extremism.
The gunman was identified during his investigation as Payton S. Gendron of Conklin, New York. That name matched that stated in a 180-page manifesto that appeared online shortly after the attack and credited for the act of violence in the name of white supremacy.
Law enforcement and government officials would not confirm the validity of the document for several hours immediately after the attack. However, the gruesome detail provided leaves little doubt as to its authenticity. A senior federal law enforcement official told the New York Times they believe Gendron posted the document.
“There is certain evidence that we have identified during this investigation that shows some sort of racial animosity,” said Erie County District Attorney John Flynn. “I’m not going to be specific or detailed about what they are exactly right now.”
The document, which News 4 reviewed, plots the attack in grotesque detail. The writer plans his action to the minute, includes a map of his path through the store, and says he specifically targets the Tops Markets location on Jefferson Avenue because its zip code has the highest percentage of blacks close enough to where he lives.
Erie County Sheriff John Garcia said: “This is a total crime. “A racially motivated hate crime straight up.”
Alexander Rosemberg, deputy regional director of the Anti-Defamation League, said the organization was still sifting through the complete document, but they were able to draw some conclusions.
“Very anti-Semitic, extremely racist against black people, radical white people, radicalized in every way we can think of,” Resemberg told News 4. “180 pages, I I want to repeat this.”
Gendron live-streamed the attack on social media platform Twitch and had an N written on his rifle, video from the scene showed. He was charged with first degree murder after killing 10 people and injuring 3 others.
The manifesto allegedly admitted to planning the attack passively for the past few years and in earnest since January. It celebrates an ongoing “white genocide” in America and proudly brags about the writer’s racist and anti-Semitic views.
In a question and answer session with himself, the writer said that he supports “those who desire a future for white children and the survival of our people”.
“That’s what white terrorism is all about – that’s what we witnessed here today,” New York Governor Kathy Hochul said. “It has to end right here. That is our message. We will continue to work at the federal, state and local levels with our community partners to identify these messages as they appear on social media. That is our best defense right now, as well as the legal system and the prosecution. And I sincerely 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 him in the next world too.“
One of the victims in the attack was identified as Aaron Salter, a retired Buffalo Police officer working as a security guard at Tops. Officials said Salter tried to stop the attack and shot Gendron in the chest, but he was unharmed because he was wearing tactical armor.
The manifesto allegedly contained multiple pages of equipment specifically selected for the attack, from his helmet and weapon to his underpants. It plans his breakfast, arrival time, live stream, and getaway.
The writer said he would plead guilty in his trial if he survived the rampage.
Gendron said just four words in court on Saturday before being taken away: “I understand my crime.”
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