The 18-year-old suspect was arrested. He shot 13 people, 11 of them black.
Ten people died and three were injured in a shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York. Authorities believe the 18-year-old had racist motives.
The Erie County District Attorney’s Office in upstate New York identified the shooter as Paytin S. Gendron, an 18-year-old white man. He was held without bail on a charge of first-degree murder and will appear before a judge on Tuesday morning, he said in a statement from the prosecutor’s office.
For this crime, he could be sentenced to life imprisonment, as there is no death penalty in the state of New York.
The murders are being considered as having “racial motivation”, said the prosecutor, which follows the same thesis of FBI agent (United States federal investigation police) Steven Belanger, who classified the shooting “as a hate crime and a case of racially motivated violent extremism.”
Gendron, from Conklin, New York, will have targeted the ‘Tops Friendly Market’, a supermarket about five kilometers north of downtown Buffalo, as it is located in a neighborhood inhabited predominantly by members of the community. black, pointed out the EFE news agency,
Of the 13 victims, ten were dead and three were injured, and 11 were black.
After the shooting, in which a supermarket security guard also died, the young man turned himself into the authorities.
The young man pleaded not guilty at first interrogation and accepted a public defender, after assuring him that he could not pay a private individual, the New York Times wrote.
Witnesses said the gunman was wearing military-style clothing, a bulletproof vest, a helmet, and carrying what appeared to be a shotgun.
According to one of the supermarket employees, the shooter entered the supermarket and started shooting. Investigators said they believe the attacker may have broadcast the shooting live.
Source: With Agencies