Buffalo mayor condemns ‘hateful ideology’ after alleged racist screed of supermarket shooter – New York Daily News

A day after a white teenager opened fire in a Buffalo supermarket, killing ten people, mostly black people, the New York City mayor spoke about his city’s resilience.

“This community has been through a lot. Prior to the pandemic, Buffalo went through a renaissance. We are a medium-sized American city of more than 278,000 people,” Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said on Face the Nation on Sunday.

“And this part of town, 80% African American but diverse with people from many different backgrounds living in this community, we are certainly saddened that someone drove from hundreds of miles away, someone who wasn’t from this community and this community wasn’t knew who came here to take as many black lives as possible, who did this intentionally, premeditated and planned this.”

On Saturday afternoon, 18-year-old Payton Gendron traveled hours from his hometown of Conklin to Buffalo’s Tops Friendly Market and began firing, according to police.

Ten were killed and three others injured. Of these, 11 were black.

Erie County Sheriff John Garcia called the shooting “an outright racist hate crime by someone outside of our community.

“This was pure evil,” he said on Saturday.

Gendron, who was streaming live on Twitch, surrendered and was immediately taken into custody. He pleaded not guilty to first degree murder on Saturday night.

In a 180-page manifesto reportedly written by Gendron and posted online, he spoke fondly of Christchurch gunman Brenton Tarrant, who killed 51 people in two New Zealand mosques in 2019, as well as Dylann Roof, who killed nine black people. murdered Anders Breivik, the Norwegian man who killed 77 people in 2011, at a church in South Carolina in 2015.

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The manifesto explained the plan in specific detail, including the body armor, and identified Buffalo as the “highest black percentage close enough to where I live.”

Gendron, who reportedly described himself as a fascist, a white supremacist and an anti-Semite, also vomited tropes of the Great Replacement Theory, which claims white people are being marginalized and wiped out.

“The truth is that my personal life and experiences are of no value,” reads the manifesto, explaining that Gendron learned his white nationalist ideology “mostly from the Internet” and that there was “little to no influence on my personal beliefs by people whom I met personally.”

The Justice Department is investigating the shooting as a “hate crime and an act of racially motivated violent extremism”.

“We are a strong community and we will continue to move forward,” the mayor said on Sunday.

“This is a community that is developing rapidly. People have hoped and waited for investment, growth and opportunity. We’re starting to see that in this community, in all parts of the city, and we won’t let that progress stop. We will not let a hateful ideology stop the progress we are seeing and experiencing in the city of Buffalo.”

Brown also called for “sensible gun control” to reform “the way guns can spread in this country and fall into the wrong hands.”

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