Authorities have learned new details about the Buffalo mass shooter Payton Gendron, including the months of planning he put into ending black lives. In several social media posts, Payton said he chose this mostly black area for this very reason, CNN. He made pre-visits to scout the store and drafted a 180-page racist and anti-semantic manifesto. The FBI is investigating the shooting as a hate crime. Meanwhile, Payton pleaded not guilty to first degree murder on the night of the attack.
TMZ pictures published of the gun used to shoot 13 people, ultimately killing 10. Payton allegedly wrote hate messages, names of mass shooters, and more on the gun.
Some of the writings on the Bushmaster XM-15 assault rifle include: “Here are your repairs”, “N–r” on the barrel and “SYGAOWN (Stop your genocide against our white nations)”.
Suspected shooter shoots 13 people, kills 10 in grocery store
As previously reported, Payton arrived at Tops Market at 2:30 p.m. local time. He was streaming live on Twitch as he drove into the store’s parking lot and parked in front. Payton started shooting as he got out of the car. Bullets hit people in the parking lot, at the front door and between the aisles. On a few occasions, Payton doubled down to hit the same person multiple times, footage shows. Twitch released a statement following the attack saying the stream was down within two minutes of the violence.
In one video, the accused shooter appears to realize a man is white after pointing the gun at him. Payton then apologizes and moves on to other victims. Payton fired back when the security guard engaged with his gun. The guard died while Payton escaped unscathed thanks to his tactical gear.
“The evidence we have uncovered so far is beyond doubt that this is an absolute racist hate crime. It will be prosecuted as a hate crime. It is someone who has hate in his heart, soul and mind,” Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia said Sunday.
The alleged shooter wrote the names of the mass shooters on the use of the weapon during the attack
Payton’s gun told a different story than Payton’s fondness for racist and mocking language targeting black people. The gun also featured the names of mass shooters and self-proclaimed white supremacists.
On the weapon: “Dylann Roof” “John Earnest” “Brenton Tarrant”
In 2017, Dylann was the first person in the United States to be sentenced to death for a federal hate crime after murdering nine black church members during a Bible study prayer. He received consecutive life sentences for the South Carolina massacre and is awaiting execution.
In 2019, John opened fire inside a Southern California synagogue on the last day of Passover, killing a woman and injuring three people. He told police in a 911 call that he attacked the religious site because the Jews were trying to “destroy all white people, for NPR. John is lifetime plus 30 years in prison for the federal hate crime.
Payton wrote a manifesto of his years-long plan to kill black people
Like some of his apparent heroes, Payton penned a 180-page manifesto filled with racist and anti-immigrant language, per The New York Times. He praised mass shooters, like Dylann and Brenton – who attacked two mosques during prayers, killing 51 people in New Zealand.
The document also detailed his plan and why he traveled over 200 miles for this attack. Apparently he planned to kill as many black people as possible, named his weapon of choice, and presented a timeline. He had been anticipating his moment for years, “preparing passively”, with shooting practice and the purchase of equipment and ammunition. Payton even strategized to grab a bite to eat before committing the massacre.
Payton is due in court again next Thursday.
This is a developing story.
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