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New details emerge about suspect in Buffalo supermarket shooting

New details have emerged about the suspect in The Saturday Mass Shooting in a Buffalo supermarket which is accused of having killing 10 people and injuring three others. The suspect, who was charged with carrying out a racially motivated attack and targeting the area for its high percentage of black residents, spotted the supermarket in early March and visited it the day before the shooting, said the police.

Police say 18-year-old Payton Gendron traveled more than 200 miles from his home in Conklin, New York, to kill as many black people as possible. According to police, he was dressed in camouflage and military-style protective gear and was armed with a semi-automatic rifle. Investigators also said he planned to continue his attack at other locations if he was not arrested at the supermarket.

The suspect was arrested at Tops Family Markets where the shooting took place, and was later charged with first degree murder. Gendron pleaded not guilty when he was arraigned on Saturday.

Attorney General Merrick Garland said over the weekend that federal authorities are “investigating this matter as a hate crime and an act of racially motivated violent extremism.” Of 13 people killed or injured11 were black.

A source told CBS News that the shooter wrote a lengthy post online describing himself as a white supremacist. CBS News has also learned that parts of the message appear to have been copied from the shooter’s manifesto which attacked two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, in 2019.

Authorities are now scanning online posts in which the suspect allegedly called Tops ‘attack zone 1’ and said he had been brainwashed by racist propaganda he had seen on extremist websites during the COVID lockdown -19. In some of his posts, he reportedly detailed a few of what he called “close calls,” including a speeding ticket he received while on one of his reconnaissance missions.

“I don’t know how you arrest a single person who fits so much into this material that develops such a hatred for someone,” Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia told CBS News. “I don’t know what you do with that kind of person.”

Jericka Duncan and Jeff Pegues contributed reporting.


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