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Tuesday, November 29, 2022

WATCH LIVE: Black, Hispanic and AAPI Congressional caucuses hold news briefing on Buffalo shooting

Congressional representatives from Black Caucus, Hispanic Caucus and Asian American and Pacific Islander Caucus are joined on Thursday with House Leader Nancy Pelosi for a news briefing in response to the shooting at a Buffalo supermarket.

The event is scheduled to begin at 12 pm ET. Watch in the player above.

The white man accused of slaughtering 10 Black people at a Buffalo supermarket was scheduled to appear in court Thursday as authorities including the FBI continue to investigate the possibility of hate crime and terrorism charges.

The 18-year-old shooter livestreamed the attack from a helmet camera before surrendering to police outside the grocery store. Shortly before the attack last Saturday, he posted hundreds of pages of writings to online discussion groups where he detailed his plans for the assault and his racist motivation.

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Investigators have been examining those documents, which included a private diary he kept on the chat platform Discord.

At his initial court appearance last week, the shooter’s court-appointed lawyer entered a plea of ​​“not guilty” on his behalf.

The massacre at the Tops supermarket was unsettling even in a nation that has become numb to mass shootings. All but two of the 13 of the people shot during the attack were Black. Gendron’s online writings said he planned the assault after becoming infatuated with white supremacist ideology he encountered online.

The diary said the shooter planned his attack in secret, with no outside help, but Discord confirmed Wednesday that an invitation to access his private writings was sent to a small group of people about 30 minutes before the assault began.

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Some of them accepted the invitation. It was unclear how many read what he had written or logged on to view the assault live. It also wasn’t clear whether anyone tried to alert law enforcement.

Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia has said investigators were working to obtain, verify and review Gendron’s online postings.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul on Wednesday authorized the state’s attorney general, Letitia James, to investigate social media platforms used by Gendron to determine if they were liable for “providing a platform to plan and promote violence.”

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