Teen Suspect Pleads Not Guilty After Mass Shooting Streamed Live on Twitch
An 18-year-old suspect has been held without bail on first-degree murder charges following a mass shooting at a supermarket in New York state that authorities described as a “hate crime” Y “racially motivated violent extremism”.
The heavily armed shooter wearing a bulletproof vest and tactical helmet first opened fire in a parking lot and then inside a Tops Friendly Market in Buffalo around 2:30 p.m. Saturday, killing 10 shoppers and employees and wounding three others. , all while broadcasting live. The massacre online.
When police arrived on the scene and confronted the gunman, he reportedly put the rifle to his neck, but they eventually convinced him to drop the gun and surrender.
Authorities said 11 of those he shot were black and two were white, and Erie County Sheriff John Garcia described the attack as “pure evil” and a “directly racially motivated hate crime by someone outside of our community.”
The suspect was identified as Payton Gendron, 18, of the New York town of Conklin, about 200 miles southeast of Buffalo, when he appeared in court later Saturday. He was charged with first-degree murder and could face life in prison without parole under New York state law. The next court hearing was scheduled for next week after he pleaded not guilty.
Multiple federal agencies, including the FBI and ATF, are assisting local authorities in their investigation.
New York Governor Kathy Hochul called the attacker a “white supremacist who just perpetrated a hate crime on an innocent community,” expressing “sincere hope that this individual … spends the remainder of his days behind bars.”
US President Joe Biden addressed the tragedy in a written statement Saturday night, saying that while much remains to be learned about the motivation for the shooting, initial information was enough to “declare a clear moral truth”.
“Any act of domestic terrorism, including an act perpetrated in the name of a repugnant white nationalist ideology, is antithetical to everything we stand for in America.” Biden said. “We must do everything in our power to end domestic terrorism fueled by hate.”