Angelina Mokbel, Staff Reporter, The Pawprint
On Saturday, a teenage shooter enamored by the white supremacist philosophy known as replacement theory began firing at a Buffalo supermarket, killing ten people and injured three more, almost all of whom were Black.
Payton S. Gendron of Conklin said on Facebook that he chose a ZIP code in Buffalo because it had the largest concentration of Black people and was close enough to his home. The horrific shooting was classified as a hate crime by police and other agencies.
Authorities said 11 of the 13 victims shot were black. According to officials, the suspected gunman was arrested shortly after the shooting and is now on suicide watch after pleading not guilty to first-degree murder.
According to authorities, the ten victims murdered varied in age from 32 to 86, including a former police officer who attempted to stop the shooter and a number of people that had been grocery shopping.