White supremacist arrested after shooting 13 victims, denied killing ten people at his arraignment on Saturday night, despite livestreaming the mass shooting at a supermarket earlier in the day
Payton Gendron, 18, from Conklin, NY, shot 13 people, 11 of them black, inside the the Tops supermarket in buffalo, on Saturday
The shooter livestreamed the massacre and allegedly posted an online manifesto that references racist and white nationalist tropes and far-right conspiracy theories.
At least 10 people were killed, and the shooter who is white had the n-word scrawled on his rifle, targeted a store in a predominantly black area
Police suggest the shooter walked through the supermarket seeking particular targets, without specifying if the targeting was based on the skin color
The suspect, was wearing a military uniform and body amour, when he was taken into custody by Buffalo Police
Ex-Buffalo cop Aaron Salter Jr, Civil rights advocate Katherine “Kat” Massey, 72, Ruth Whitfield, 86,, Pearly Young 77, and Deacon Heyward Patterson have been identified among the 10 fatalities
So far he’s only been charged him with one count of first degree murder
A suspected white supremacist accused of gunning down 10 people and wounding three others in a live-streamed massacre at a Buffalo, NY supermarket on Saturday pled not guilty to one count of first degree murder charges.
Payton Gendron, 18, of Conklin, NY, who was barefoot, masked and wearing a paper smock, told the judge that he understood the charge against and was not guilty at an arraignment Saturday evening. He has only been charged with one count of first-degree murder. It’s unclear why, but further counts for the other nine people murdered are almost certain to follow.
The suspect made no other comment, and his lawyer confirmed he planned to plead not guilty to the killings.
Hours earlier Gendron was caught by police emerging from the Tops Friendly Supermarket, at 1275 Jefferson Avenue about 2.30pm after shooting 13 people, 10 fatally.
Police said 11 of those shot were black, with the other two white, and suggested Gendron had walked through the supermarket looking for specific people to target, although didn’t say whether this was based on the color of their skin.
At a press briefing Sunday afternoon, Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia said that Gendron, was in the Buffalo area a day before the attack, suggesting that he did reconnaissance inside the store and in the surrounding neighborhood, before he struck.
When police arrested him, the gunman fired 50 rounds from his AR-15 rifle during the attack. Cops found two more firearms, a rifle and a shotgun, in his car.
Gendron lived-streamed the assault as he opened fire inside the Tops Friendly Supermarket, at 1275 Jefferson Avenue, at about 2.30pm.
Police described the incident as a ‘heavily armed’ attack.
‘He exited his vehicle. He was very heavily armed. He had tactical gear. He had a tactical helmet on. He had a camera that he was livestreaming what he was doing,’ city Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia said at a news conference.
Aaron Salter Jr, a former Buffalo police officer, is the first victim that’s been named in the attack. The father of three is being hailed as a hero after exchanging gunfire with Gendron inside the market.
Gendron apparently scrawled the n-word on his rifle before carrying out Saturday’s massacre at Tops Friendly Supermarket in Buffalo.
Three gunshot victims are being treated for their injuries, and cops say 11 of those shot were black.
Gendron shot four people outside the store, three fatally, the commissioner said. He then went into the supermarket where he exchanged gunfire with Salter. The ex-cop shot at him multiple times but the bullets hit the shooter’s body arm and left him unfazed, the commissioner said.
Gendron then killed killed Salter.
A further six victims are believed to have been shot dead inside.
Salter’s son, Aaron Salter Jr., hailed his father for trying to stop the maniac gunman.
‘Today is a shock,’ he told the Daily Beast. ‘I’m pretty sure he saved some lives today. He’s a hero.’
The killings were broadcast live on streaming site Twitch, although the clip was removed within two minutes of its posting.
Ruth Whitfield, the 86-year-old mother of retired Buffalo fire commissioner Garnell W. Witfield, was also killed during the shooting spree.
‘My mom was the consummate mom. mother was a mother to the motherless. She was a blessing to all of us.
‘She loved God and taught us to do the same thing,’ the former commissioner told the Buffalo News.
Katherine “Kat” Massey, 72, a longtime civil rights advocate in the Buffalo area, Pearly Young 77 and Deacon Heyward Patterson so far have been identified among the 10 fatalities.
‘This was pure evil, it was straight up a racially motivated hate crime,’ the Erie County Sheriff John Garcia said.
Eleven of the 13 victims were black. Buffalo mass shooting suspect Payton Gendron appears in court.
The young man drove three hours from the white suburban town of Conklin, just outside Binghamton, to the scene of the massacre.
As the shooting unfolded, Gramaglia said, Buffalo police charged into the store and confronted the gunman in the vestibule.
‘At that point the suspect put the gun to his own neck. Buffalo police personnel – two patrol officers – talked the suspect into dropping the gun. He dropped the gun, took off some of his tactical gear, surrendered at that point. And he was led outside, put in a police car,’ he said.
The video of the arrest shows police cuffing the suspect and trying to get people away from the scene as several bodies lie motionless on the ground.
The New York teenager is accused of killing 10 people at a Buffalo supermarket on Saturday afternoon in a “straight-up racially motivated hate crime” in what appears to have spent months before the attack spewing racist conspiracy theories on social media sites.
Law enforcement officials have named the alleged gunman as 18-year-old Payton Gendron, of Conklin, New York. They also confirmed that Gendron livestreamed some of the attack.
Footage from the livestream, posted on the video platform Twitch, shows a man decked out in military garb filming from a helmet-mounted camera before exiting the car with a rifle, on which he appears to have painted racist slurs.
The platform which confirmed that the shooting was broadcast live on the platform by a person with the username “jimboboiii,” said they were “vigorously monitoring” to shut down any re-streams of the horrifying footage
Prior to Saturday’s shooting someone using the same social media handle, jimboboiii, shared racist and anti-Semitic comments on Reddit and Discord in the months before the attack.
In addition, a hate-filled document that surfaced online soon after the assault was written under the name Payton Gendron and contained a vow to target Buffalo because of its large Black population. The author of document said he would specifically target Black people, both inside and outside the Tops store, which was mentioned by name and location.
That document also described plans to murder an armed security guard on duty and included a crude sketch of the store and where the author expected the guard to stand inside. It anticipated a gun fight, and described how the author planned to absorb shots with body armor.
The manifesto also pays tribute to the gunman in the Christchurch, New Zealand, shootings, who killed 51 people at two mosques—referring to the 2019 mass shooter as “the person that radicalized [me] the most.”
The writer specifically lauds the earlier gunman’s obsession with the “Great Replacement” conspiracy theory, a racist fantasy about a supposed plot to eliminate white people.
The shooter thus appears to have followed in the footsteps of notorious white supremacist gunmen like those in the 2019 massacres in El Paso, Texas; Poway, California; and the 2018 attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue.
The document also included some biographical details, noting that the author lived with his two brothers and parents. The suspect lives with his parents and two younger brothers, according the neighbors.
Law enforcement are believed to be investigating a possible manifesto, but the document could not be authenticated in the immediate aftermath of the mass shooting.
‘A shooter, it’s a mass shooter type s***,’ one of the onlookers says as police and emergency responders detain the man in the military uniform.
‘Damn, look at him, a young boy,’ the onlooker adds as he comments on one of the bodies.
Police then instruct the onlookers to back up as they take control of the situation.
Hours after the shooting, Erica Pugh-Mathews waited outside the police tape wondering what happened to family members who were inside the store.
‘We would like to know the status of my aunt, my mother’s sister. She was in there with her fiancé, they separated and went to different aisles,’ she said. ‘A bullet barely missed him. He was able to hide in a freezer but he was not able to get to my aunt and does not know where she is. We just would like word either way if she’s OK.’
Officials speaking under the condition of anonymity cautioned the investigation was in its preliminary stages and that authorities hadn’t yet discerned a clear motive, but they are looking into racial animus a possibility.
The FBI is investigating the spree as a hate crime and a ‘case of racially motivated violent extremism,’ Special Agent in Charge of the Buffalo field office Stephen Blodgett told the New York Times. The U.S. Attorney for the Western District of New York will also investigate the case.
The supermarket is located in a predominately black neighborhood, about 3 miles north of downtown Buffalo.
The surrounding area is primarily residential, with a Family Dollar store and fire station near the store.
Braedyn Kephart and Shane Hill, both 20, pulled into the parking lot just as the shooter was exiting.
They described him as a white male in his late teens or early twenties sporting full camo, a black helmet and what appeared to be a rifle.
‘He was standing there with the gun to his chin. We were like what the heck is going on? Why does this kid have a gun to his face?’ Kephart said.
Police and emergency vehicles arrived quickly on the scene and pushed everyone back
‘He dropped to his knees. He ripped off his helmet, dropped his gun, and was tackled by the police. Payton Gendron who turns 19 next month, is the oldest of four children of Paul and Pamela Gendron’s four children. His parents, both civil engineers, both work for the New York State Department of Transportation. He graduated from Susquehanna Valley High School last 2021.
He was a student at SUNY Broome Community College, but the school said he is no longer their student.