According to the Buffalo Police Department, Payton Gendron, 18,
entered the Tops Friendly Markets store with a military-style assault
rifle and opened fire. Investigators believe it was a racially
motivated attack, the Associated Press reports.
He allegedly researched the local demographics and chose that
supermarket to kill as many Black people as possible. Gendron shot, in
total, 11 Black people and two white people Saturday.
Citing an unnamed law enforcement official, the AP said a preliminary
investigation found Gendron had repeatedly visited online sites that
promoted white supremacist ideologies and race-based conspiracy
NBC News reports Gendron apparently wrote and posted an explicit
public declaration that repeatedly cited the “Great Replacement”
theory, which is the false belief that a secret political group is
working to replace white Americans with non-white people through
interracial marriage, immigration, and inevitable violence.
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