Mass shooter at New York supermarket pleads not guilty to first-degree murder charge after attack that killed 10 people

An 18-year-old white man is in police custody after he reportedly carried out a mass shooting at a New York supermarket on Saturday. According CNN, Judge Craig Hannah indicted Payton S. Gendron in Buffalo City Court and charged him with first-degree murder. The suspected shooter has pleaded not guilty. US Attorney General Merrick Garland said authorities are investigating the mass shooting “as a hate crime and a racially motivated act of violent extremism.”

“We will bring the full resources of the federal government to bear on this case,” FBI Special Agent Stephen Belongia told a news conference. “This is the Department of Justice’s number one priority, and I can assure the citizens of this community that everything we can do at the federal level will be done with this case. And justice will be done for the victims.”

Police believe mass shooter posted racist, anti-immigrant manifesto

Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia said Payton arrived at a Tops Friendly Market dressed in tactical gear at 2:30 p.m. local time and broadcast live through a camera attached to his helmet. Payton is not from Buffalo and reports say he drove several hours to this particular supermarket located in a predominantly black neighborhood.

He then allegedly shot 13 people, 11 of whom were black. So far, ten people have died from the attack. A spokesperson for the Erie County Medical Center said CNN Two people remain hospitalized.

According The New York Times, a law enforcement official said police are also investigating an online manifesto. Officials apparently believe the alleged shooter posted the manifest. The document highlighted the ‘great replacement theory’. The theory states that white Americans are at risk of being replaced by non-white people. The document was reportedly “riddled with racist and anti-immigrant views.”

Payton reportedly said, “I just have to do it,” as he pulled up outside the Tops store. Footage from the Twitch livestream also shows an anti-black slur (the n-word, strong R) written on the barrel of the gun used in the attack.

Twitch confirms the alleged shooter used their platform to stream

According cnn, Twitch confirmed that Payton used their platform to stream the shooting. A company spokesperson said Twitch took down the live stream less than two minutes after the attacks began. Twitch also “indefinitely suspended” the alleged shooter from its platform.

Payton shot four people in the parking lot, leaving three dead. He then entered the store and shot at customers before a retired Buffalo police officer working as security attempted to stop him. Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia said the security guard fired multiple shots at Payton, but Payton’s tactical team avoided injury. The suspected shooter responded, fatally striking the guard and continuing his rampage.

When police arrived and confronted Payton, he put a gun to her neck. However, two patrolmen convinced the suspected shooter to drop his gun and surrender.

The court scheduled Payton for another appearance Thursday at 9:30 a.m. ET, according to CNN. This is a developing story.

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