“It was pure evil,” Erie County Sheriff John C. Garcia said Saturday. news conference, calling the execution “direct up racially motivated hatred crime From someone outside of our community.”
US Department of Justice is investigating the shooting “as hate speech”. crime and act of racially motivated violent extremism,” U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland said in a statement.
He pleaded not guilty.
That’s what we are know about the suspect in the shooting.
He was wearing tactical gear
Authorities say when the suspect arrived at store around 2:30 pm he was heavily armed, wearing tactical gear helmet and had camera who broadcast his actions live.
According to Flynn, the suspect used an assault weapon. news conference.
In his news release, Flynn said the suspect shot four people outside of grocery store, three is fatal. 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 report said.
He allegedly broadcast live on twitch
Popular live streaming platform Twitch confirmed on Saturday that the suspect in the shooting was using its platform to stream. live broadcast in time attack.
The company said it was “devastated” after learning of the shooting and added that the user “has been suspended from our service indefinitely and we are taking all necessary actions, including monitoring for any accounts relaying this content.”
CNN got the part of live broadcast, which shows alleged shooter pulls up to the heights store.
Video recorded from point of view of the alleged shooter as he drives into the parking lot of a supermarket. Man is visible in rearview mirror wearing helmet, and you can hear them say: “You just need to go for it’ before he rides forward of in store.
In video store you can see visitors walking in the parking lot while the suspect is driving up.
representative for Twitch stated that the company removed live stream less than two minutes after the violence began. The company did not immediately respond to follow-up questions about whether the suspect is actively firing when the live broadcast was stopped.
Supposed manifesto talks about “downsizing” of White population
On Saturday, investigators reviewed a 180-page alleged manifesto posted online in connection with two federal law enforcement sources told CNN.
Manifesto independently obtained by CNN shortly after attack and before authorities released the name of the suspect, allegedly written by a man posing as Payton Gendron, who confesses to attack.
manifest author says he bought ammunition for for a while, but did not seriously plan attack until January. Author also goes on about his perception of decreasing size of white population and claims of ethnic and cultural replacement of White.
A portion of the document is written in question and answer form.
The author of the manifesto attributes the Internet for most of his beliefs and describes himself as a fascist, white supremacist and anti-Semite.
He most likely face more accusations
Gendron went on trial Saturday night before Buffalo City Court Chief Judge Craig Hanna. on one think of first-degree of murder district attorney news release said.
He pleaded not guilty, Hannah told CNN. If found guilty, he faces maximum offer of a life in prison without the right to parole, the report said.
And maybe more The allegations are coming in, officials said.
“My office works closely with U.S. Attorney’s Office and Our Partners in law enforcement into potential terrorism and hate crimes. This is active an investigation and further charges may be filed,” Flynn said. in statement.
Gendron is set return to court on morning of May 19 for hearing in a criminal case, the report said. He will remain in detention without bail is added.
Sharif Paget of CNN, Sabrina Shulman and Brian Stelter contributed to this report.