accusations against The white suspect came when Attorney General Merrick Garland visited the place. of massacre and met with families of victims.
“Not one in this country should have live in fear that they will go on work or shop at the grocery store store and will be attacked by someone who hates them because of color of their skin,” Garland said after the meeting. with family members.
BUT criminal complaint filed prosecutors in US Attorney’s Office for Western District of New York stated that “Gendron’s motive for the mass shooting was supposed to prevent Black people from replacing white people and eliminate the white race and inspire others to commit similar attacks. The complaint details extensive plans Gendron supposedly made for attack.
Gendron is accused of shooting 13 people aged 20 to 86, at Tops Friendly Market on May 14. Eleven were black and two were white, Buffalo police said.
eighteen-yearold suspect charged with 10 counts of hate crime result in deaththree accounts of hate crime involving bodily injury10 counts of use of firearms for commit murder during and in attitude to violent crime and three accounts of use and detente of firearms during a violent crime according to criminal a complaint.
The last three accounts carry potential of in death penalty.
garland, who placed a temporary hold on federal executions, while the department reviews policies and procedures, would have to do decision on should I look for death penalty.
When asked if the federal prosecutors will look for death penalty in this case, Garland said, “The Justice Department has series of the procedures he follows…Families and survivors will be consulted.”
CNN reached out lawyers for Gendron for comment.
Garland, Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta and Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Kristen Clark visits memorial next to supermarket for about 10 minutes on Wednesday. The garland laid 10 roses on the site, one represents each slain.
“In the days and weeks after the attack, we all witnessed the power of it’s community connections, her resilience and love,” Garland told reporters. — I am proud that just felt it firsthand in my discussions with families. Actions fueled by hate of Violence terrorizes not only individuals who attacked, but entire communities. Hatred brings immediate devastation and causes unceasing fear.”
The shooter was planning attack for years, complaint says
During the search of arrow homefederal authorities found a laptop with document containing detailed plan of in attack he allegedly planned for years. The document says he “really took” the attack seriously. in January, according to the complaint.
In the document, Gendron allegedly referred to himself as a white man, “seeking to protect and serve my community, my people, my culture and my race”and said he was never diagnosed with mental retardation or disorder. He allegedly stated that he goal It was kill “how many blacks, how many possible”and to”avoid dying.”
In a handwritten note found agents in his bedroom, Gendron apologized to family for doing this attack”and said he did it because he cared”for in future of white race”, the complaint says. Agents also found receipt in his bedroom for a candy bar bought in Tops on March 8, together with apparent sketches of in stores layout.
The authorities believe that he visited store several times, including the day before attack and againtwo and a half hours before he allegedly started shooting. The complaint stated that he “counted the number of Black people present inside and outside in store.”
The complaint stated that a few hours before Gendron’s shooting at store “observed healthy amount of old and young’ Black people.”
During the rampage, Gendron took aim with a Bushmaster XM-15. white’s rifle employee of supermarket who It was already was shot in leg, the complaint says. Instead of of shooting at him, Gendron apologized to this victim “to moving on through the rest of in store in Search of more Black people shoot and kill”, the complaint says.
Complaint described how several clients and employees”took shelter in pantry, conference room, freezer and dairy cooler” while the others escaped through the back door.
During the shelling, the shooter fired about 60 shots. attackaccording to the complaint.
The suspect arrived at the supermarket on noon of May 14 well armed and wearing tactical gear — including tactical helmet together with armored armor, police said. He also was camera It was live translation of his actions.
Shot at four with a machine gun people outside of grocery store has had three fatalities, authorities said.
When he entered the store he exchanged fire with armed guard, who Authorities said he was a retired Buffalo police officer. The guard is dead. of his injury. Suspect shot at eight more people in in store, six of who died.
The complaint stated that the rifle had been used in there were letters about the attack on this, including racial slurs and the phrase “Great Replacement”.
Gendron wrote that he chose the Buffalo zip code. with in highest percent of Black people closest to where he lived, and store with a large number of of Black peopleaccording to the complaint.
Laura Lee of CNN contributed to this report.