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There are no words for this tragedy. A racially motivated attack on a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, on Saturday left at least 10 people dead and three others injured.
This horrible shot was fired Top friendly market In a predominantly black neighborhood. Authorities claim the 18-year-old Payton S. Gendron He traveled from his home in Conclin, New York, to Buffalo, a few hours away from the city, to launch the attack, which aired on social media platforms. Twitch.
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Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia, A white gunman armed with an assault-style rifle left his car at around 2.30pm and shot four people in the parking lot – three of them dead. A security guard entered the Payton store, Aaron Salter, Who was a retired police officer, shot the suspect. But since the shooter was wearing heavy tactical gear, Gramaglia said the bullets did not affect him. Payton then fired at the security guard and killed him, walking through the market.
Buffalo police arrived at the scene, the suspect eventually put a gun to his own neck but law enforcement soon persuaded him to drop the weapon. Payton surrendered and was taken into custody. According to CNNThe teenager was charged with first-degree murder, but the chief justice of Buffalo City Court Craig Hannah Note that the district attorney’s office may bring potential additional charges. Payton has not pleaded guilty since then.
Dr. at a press conference on Saturday. CNN Erie County District Attorney reports John J. Flynn Said there were “some pieces of evidence” indicating that the crime was motivated by racism. Although he did not elaborate on the evidence, two federal law enforcement officials told the outlet that they were reviewing a hate-filled statement posted online alleging that someone had confessed to the Payton attack. CNN Note that the author states that he bought the ammunition and began planning the attack in January.
For Framaglia, 11 out of 13 are black. Erie County Sheriff John C. Garcia He described the shootings as “racially motivated hate crimes directly from someone outside our community,” adding:
“This guy was really evil.”
After the tragedy, the President said Joe Biden He called it “hateful internal terrorism” and condemned it:
“Tonight, we mourn for the families of the ten people whose lives were taken carelessly and who are suffering the physical and emotional wounds of this horrific shooting. We are grateful for the courage of the law enforcement members and the other first responders who took immediate action to save and save lives. The First Lady and I pray for the victims and their families, and the hearts of people all over the country are with the people of Buffalo. “
The statement continued:
“We still need to learn more about the motivation for today’s shooting because law enforcement does its job, but we don’t need anything more to say a clear moral truth: a racially motivated hate crime is absolutely disgusting to the fabric of this nation.” Any act of internal terrorism, including one committed in the name of an abominable white nationalist ideology, is the opposite of what we stand for in America. Hate certainly has no safe haven. We must do everything in our power to end hate-fueled internal terrorism. “
Governor of New York Cathy Hochul Wrote in a statement posted TwitterSaying:
“We must address the threat posed by white supremacy to our society. I have instructed the spnyspolice Hate Crimes Task Force to assist in the investigation of the heinous shooting in Buffalo today. “
NPR, talking to Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown “Hate speech” on social media says:
“The hate speech that is allowed on social media, the way people are persuaded and the thoughts of hatred – we have to solve it. It must end. Hate speech should not be considered as freedom of speech. We need to limit our ability to spread hatred through the internet and social media. ”
What happened here is really horrible. Our hearts go out to everyone affected by this unimaginable tragedy.
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