The man accused of killing 10 people at a Buffalo supermarket on Saturday was influenced by a New Zealand white supremacist who killed dozens of people in a pair of shootings three years ago, according to a 180-page manifesto posted online.
Payton Gendron, 18, wrote a terrifyingly cool “question and answer” section in the manifesto explaining the white nationalist beliefs that he says led him to plot the Buffalo attack.
He said the “particular person who radicalized (him) the most” was Brenton Tarrant, the man who killed 51 people in shootings at two New Zealand mosques in 2019.
The manifesto also named several other people who inspired Gendron, including Dylann Roof, the young man who killed nine black people at a church in South Carolina in 2015, and Anders Breivik, the Norwegian man who killed 77 people in 2011.
In the manifesto, Gendron said he lived his entire life in downstate New York. He described himself as an engineering student at SUNY Broome.
Police said the killer drove “hours away” to carry out the attack. Gendron reportedly lives in Conklin, New York, about a three-and-a-half hour drive from Buffalo.
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“The truth is my personal life and the experiences are worth nothing,” the manifesto said. Gendron wrote that he got his white nationalist ideology “mainly from the Internet” and that there was “little to no influence on my personal beliefs from people I met in person.”
The chilling document described how Gendron planned the attack down to the smallest detail.
“Zip code 14208 in Buffalo (the Tops Friendly Market zip code) has the highest percentage of blacks which is close enough to where I live,” Gendron wrote.
He also said he bought bulletproof vests to protect himself from bullets fired by store security. Law enforcement leaders said Gendron shot the security guard, a retired Buffalo police officer, before going on the rampage on him.
Gendron’s manifesto also included pages and pages of anti-Semitic diatribes, but his plan of attack focused solely on blacks.
“I have never been diagnosed with a disability or mental disorder,” he wrote. “I think I’m perfectly sane.”
Gendron was arrested at Tops Friendly Market after shooting 13 people, killing 10 of them. Of the 13 he shot, 11 were black, police said. He was charged with murder and investigators said he could face terrorism and hate crime charges.