US President Joe Biden is due to visit Buffalo City, New York, on Tuesday, where officials are investigating a grocery store attack that Biden said was a gunman “armed with weapons of war and filled with hatred.” “
According to the White House, the president and his wife, Jill, “will be saddened by the community that has killed ten people in a senseless and gruesome mass shooting.”
Speaking on Sunday in Washington, Biden said the US Justice Department was investigating the shooting as a “racially motivated act of hate crime, white supremacy and violent extremism.”
“We must all work together to remove the hatred that is a blot on America’s soul,” Biden said.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned the shooting, with his spokesman saying Sunday that Guterres was “shocked by the killing of 10 people in Buffalo in a despicable act of racist violent extremism.”
Officers identified the 18-year-old shooter as Peyton Gendron of Conklin, New York, about 330 kilometers southeast of Buffalo. He is white and 11 of the 13 shooting victims were black.
Officials said he carried out the attack while wearing military gear and livestreaming it from a helmet camera. He eventually dropped his weapon and surrendered to police inside Topps Friendly Market, a predominantly black neighborhood in the city of 255,000 people.
Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown told CBS’s “Face the Nation” show on Sunday that police are looking at “putting together every element of this shooter’s background, every detail, why it happened, how it happened, and this person.” The reason why buffaloes will come to the city is to commit this heinous crime.”
“We’re certainly sad that someone drove hundreds of miles away, someone from this community, who didn’t know this community that came here to kill as many black people as possible, who did this intentionally, pre-emptively.” — planned, planned, said Brown, who is Buffalo’s first black mayor.
“But we are a strong community, and we will continue to grow,” he said. “This is a community that is experiencing growth. People are expecting and waiting for investment and growth and opportunity. We will not let hateful ideology stop the progress we are seeing and experiencing in downtown Buffalo. Huh. “
As is often the case in the aftermath of mass shootings in the United States, Brown called on Congress to enact strict gun control laws, saying, “We have to put more pressure on lawmakers in Washington, who have been blocky, sensible guns.” To control, improve the way guns are allowed to spread and fall into the wrong hands in this country.”
Such arguments have mostly gone unheard since previous mass shootings, with little change in gun control laws.
Wearing a hospital gown, Gendron appeared in court on Saturday night on a charge of first-degree murder and ordered into custody without bail. Another court hearing is scheduled in the coming days.
In an earlier news briefing, Erie County Sheriff John Garcia explicitly called the shooting a hate crime.
“It was pure evil. It was straight up [a] A racially motivated hate crime from someone outside our community, outside the city of good neighbors … is coming into our community and trying to impose that evil on us,” Garcia said.
Investigators said they are reviewing a lengthy statement that they suspect the gunman posted online describing his white supremacist motivations and ideology. The 180-page document details the author’s radicalization on Internet forums as well as plans to target predominantly black neighborhoods.
The author also described himself as a fascist and anti-Semitic. The statement reiterates a far-right conspiracy theory that makes the unfounded argument that white populations in Western countries are being decimated – or “replaced” – by non-white immigrants.
Mayor Brown said the combination of guns and such ideology is flammable.
“It’s not just Buffalo, New York. There are communities in every corner of this country that are vulnerable to guns and with hateful ideology that has been allowed to spread on social media and the Internet,” he told CBS. Will happen. This has got to stop. This is not free speech. This is not American speech. There is abusive language. And it must be ended.”