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The man who allegedly shot 10 people and injured three others at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York on Saturday likely planned his racially charged attack for months, authorities said Sunday.
Police pointed to the roughly 180-page manifesto that the shooter, 18-year-old Payton Gendron, released before he went on a rampage. The rambling text included a detailed plan of his assault on Tops Friendly Market, which he drove to from several counties, according to police.
“This defendant is accused of traveling to our area and targeting innocent people who were out shopping on a Saturday afternoon. I continue to pray for all those affected by this horrific crime,” the district attorney said on Saturday. Erie County, John Flynn. “I am committed to obtaining justice for the victims, their families and this community.”
“My office is working closely with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and our law enforcement partners on potential terrorism and hate crimes. This is an active investigation and additional charges may be filed. “, he added.
NEW YORK POLICE SAYS 13 PEOPLE SHOT, 10 DEAD IN ‘MASS SHOOTING’ AT BUFFALO GROCERY
Gendron identified himself as a white supremacist in his manifesto, detailing at length his fears of white people being replaced by other races.
Among those killed in the shooting was retired Buffalo police officer Aaron Salter, who died trying to protect shoppers from the rampage.
Stalter was working as a security guard in the store and shot Gendron several times as soon as he entered the store, but Genderon’s body armor deflected the shots. Gendron then shot Stalter.
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Buffalo police contacted Stalter’s family to offer their condolences on Saturday.
“I had the pleasure of knowing him, a wonderful guy, very respected, very appreciated. It’s just horrible. It’s tragic. I don’t know what other words to describe him,” said the president of the Buffalo Police Benevolent Association, John Evans, according to WIBV 4.
Gendron pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder charges in court Saturday night. He is being held without bail and faces life in prison. He is due back in court Thursday for a hearing on the crime.