Bid to honor buffalo shooting victims

US President Joe Biden is ready to call on Americans “not to give hatred a safe harbor” and for Congress to enforce gun control as he and First Lady Jill Biden honor the victims of a mass shooting in Buffalo, New York on Tuesday. travel to.

Bidens’ schedule also includes visiting a memorial site and honoring the victims of Saturday’s shooting, and meeting with the victims’ families, law enforcement, first responders and local leaders.

A White House official told reporters, “The president will call this heinous act terrorism fueled by this despicable and perverted ideology that rips apart the soul of our nation.”

FILE - US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden will travel to Buffalo, NY on Tuesday to honor the victims of the mass shooting.

FILE – US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden will travel to Buffalo, NY on Tuesday to honor the victims of the mass shooting.

In a planned address, the official said Biden would urge Congress to “take action to keep weapons of war on our streets and to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and people with serious mental illness who make them a danger to themselves.” or other.”

Authorities say 18-year-old Peyton Gendron, who is white, killed 10 people and injured three others at a grocery store in a predominantly black neighborhood. Eleven of those shots were black.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating the attack as a hate crime.

FBI Director Christopher Wray said in a statement Monday: “For my part, I want to be clear from what we know, this was a targeted attack, a hate crime and an act of racially motivated violent extremism. ” “While there are as many unknowns as ever at this stage, what is absolutely certain is that we at the FBI are committed to conducting a comprehensive and aggressive investigation of Saturday’s attack.”

Investigators are studying a racist 180-page document purportedly authored by Gendron that says the attack was aimed at terrorizing all non-white, non-Christian people and causing them to leave the United States. was to be received.

Police say Gendron drove 320 kilometers from his home in Conklin, New York, to fire an AR-15-style rifle during the attack, wearing body armor and a helmet camera to livestream the massacre on the Internet. used.

Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia told Nation World News on Monday that the gunman had spoken of shooting more people at another store if he had managed to escape from Top Friendly Market.

“He was going to get in his car and drive down Jefferson Avenue and keep doing the same thing,” the Buffalo police officer said.

Candles and signs are left at a memorial for victims at the scene of a shooting at a Topps supermarket on May 16, 2022 in Buffalo, New York, US.

Candles and signs are left at a memorial for victims at the scene of a shooting at a Topps supermarket on May 16, 2022 in Buffalo, New York, US.

At the White House on Monday, Biden paid tribute to one of the victims, security guard and retired police officer Aaron Salter. Salter fired repeatedly at the attacker, at least once before being shot and killed by his armor-plated vest.

Biden said Salter “gave his life trying to save others.”

Gendron surrendered to the police who confronted him in the vestibule of the supermarket. He was charged with murder pending further court proceedings in the coming days.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned the shooting, with his spokesman saying on Sunday that Guterres was “shocked” by the “disgusting act of racist violent extremism in the buffalo”.

Some of the material in this report comes from the Associated Press.

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