What we know about the Buffalo supermarket shooting suspect Payton Gendron


Tops Friendly Market is located where the shooting took place in the heart of Black Buffalo Society Officials said 11 of the 13 people shot by the white suspect were black.

Describing the shooting as a “direct racial hate crime committed by someone outside our community,” Erie County Sheriff John C. Garcia said at a news conference Saturday.

The US Department of Justice is investigating the shooting “as a hate crime and an act of racially motivated violent extremism,” according to a statement from US Attorney Merrick Garland.

Erie County District Attorney John J. New release. Conklin is about a three and a half hour drive from Buffalo.

He pleaded not guilty.

Here’s what we know about the suspect in the shooting.

Payton Gendron speaks with his attorney during the trial in Buffalo City Court on Saturday.

He was wearing tactical gear

Authorities say that when the suspect arrived at the store around 2:30 p.m., he was heavily armed, wore tactical gear and a helmet and had a camera broadcasting his actions live.

Flynn said during the news conference that the suspect used an offensive weapon.

In his press release, Flynn said the suspect shot four people outside the grocery store, killing three of them. When he entered the store, he exchanged fire with an armed security guard that authorities said was a retired Buffalo police officer. The security guard died of his injuries. The statement said the suspect shot eight other people in the store, six of whom died.

It was allegedly broadcast live on Twitch

Popular streaming platform Twitch confirmed on Saturday that the suspect in the shooting used its platform to broadcast a live broadcast during the attack.

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The company said it was “devastated” to hear the news of the shooting and added that the user was “indefinitely suspended from our service, and we are taking all appropriate measures, including monitoring any accounts that rebroadcast such content.”

CNN has obtained a segment of a live broadcast showing the alleged shooter heading to the Tops Store.

The video was captured from the alleged shooter’s point of view as he drove into the supermarket parking lot. The person was seen in the rearview mirror wearing a helmet and heard saying, “I have to go get it” before being dragged to the front of the store.

In the video, shop customers can be seen walking into the parking lot while the suspect is driving.

A Twitch spokesperson said the company took down the live stream less than two minutes after the violence began. The company did not immediately respond to follow-up questions about whether the suspect was actively shooting when the live broadcast stopped.

The alleged statement talks about the “reducing size” of the white population

On Saturday, investigators were reviewing an alleged 180-page statement posted online regarding the shooting investigation, two federal law enforcement sources told CNN.

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The statement, which CNN independently obtained shortly after the attack and before authorities released the suspect’s name, was allegedly written by someone claiming to be Payton Gendron admitting to the attack.

The manifesto’s writer says he purchased ammunition for some time but wasn’t serious about planning the attack until January. The author also pursues his perceptions of the dwindling size of the white population and claims of racial and cultural substitution for whites.

Part of the document was written in the form of a question and answer.

The manifesto’s author attributes the Internet to most of his beliefs and describes himself as a fascist, white supremacist, and anti-Semitic.

He is likely to face more charges

The attorney general’s press release said he was summoned Saturday night before Buffalo City Court Chief Craig Hannah on first-degree murder charges.

Hannah told CNN he pleaded not guilty. The statement said that if convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment without parole.

Officials said there may be more charges to come.

“My office works closely with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and our law enforcement partners on potential terrorism and hate crimes. This is an active investigation and additional charges may be brought,” Flynn said in a statement.

The statement said Gendron was scheduled to return to court on the morning of May 19 for a felony hearing. She added that he will remain in detention without bail.

Sheriff Paget, Sabrina Shulman, and Brian Stelter of CNN contributed to this report.

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