Alleged manifesto points to white supremacist beliefs

BUFFALO, NY (NEWS10) — The United States Department of Justice is investigating Saturday’s mass shooting at a Buffalo Top’s Market as a hate crime and an act of racially motivated violent extremism. 10 were killed and three were injured as a result of an alleged manifesto supporting a conspiracy theory that radicalized the suspect at an extremist forum, officials said.

The 18-year-old gunman, Payton S. Gendron of Conklin, was identified as the gunman during his arraignment. Gendron has been charged with first degree murder in connection with the shooting. The U.S. Attorney of Western New York and the Erie County District Attorney both said they will investigate this shooting and thus charge Gendron with a hate crime.

This is because the gunman targeted a predominantly black neighborhood, and 11 of the victims were black officials. A law enforcement source has confirmed that Gendron wrote a racist comment on his gun.

Governor Kathy Hochul held remarks Sunday at the True Bethel Baptist Church in the heart of the city of Buffalo. The governor said from the pulpit of the church, “I am angry, my friends.”

“Lord, forgive the anger in my heart now. Forgive me, Lord. I know it doesn’t belong there, Lord. I was raised with love, respect and care. Well, to hear these stories and the pain there is in a community I love so much, I’m upset,” Hochul said.

Watch the full livestream of Governor Kathy Hochul’s comments here:

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