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John Flynn, the Erie County District Attorney, indicated to Fox News that domestic terrorist charges could be brought against the 18 year-old suspect in an attack on a grocery store Saturday afternoon. The attack allegedly resulted in 10 deaths and three injuries.
Joseph Gramaglia of the Buffalo Police Department stated that the suspect in the shooting, later identified by Payton Gendron (18), was live-streaming the incident on Tops Friendly Market’s Social Media Platform.
Officials stated that they believed the shooting was motivated by racism during a Sunday press conference. They pointed to a 180-page manifesto the shooter had written and posted, before allegedly shooting 13 people. The manifesto also included a plan of attack.
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Gendron said in the manifesto he is a White Supremacist. He stated that he believes White people are being replaced by other races.
According to authorities, eleven victims were Black while two others were White.
Flynn stated that domestic terrorist charges were being considered, in addition to the first degree murder charges the 18-year old faces.
Flynn stated that Flynn was looking into the possibility of additional charges. Flynn said that while domestic terrorism is being investigated, hate crime charges are also being considered. In New York State, there is a domestic terrorist motivated by hatred charge. This charge includes both the hate crime and the actual terrorist act.
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Gendron was accused of first-degree murder. He pleaded not guilty before a judge Saturday evening.
Twitch was later identified as the live streaming platform that was used during the attack. Fox News was informed by a spokesperson that the video had been taken down just two minutes after violence started. The spokesperson also stated that the company would work with law enforcement in the course of the investigation.
Gramaglia, speaking at a press conference on Saturday, said that the family members of the 10 victims were notified. He called the attack an “absolute racism hate crime.”
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Gramaglia stated, “The evidence we have so far has no doubt that this is an absolutely racist hate crime.”
“It’ll be prosecuted for hate crimes,” he said. “This is someone who harbors hate in their heart… There is no doubt that that is the direction that this is going. This will be entirely geared toward getting this person convicted.
Attorney General Merrick Garland stated Saturday night that the Department of Justice was investigating the mass shooting at Buffalo as a hate crime and act of racially motivated violent extremism.
“The Justice Department is investigating this matter as a hate crime and an act of racially-motivated violent extremism. Garland stated that the Justice Department was committed to a thorough, expeditious investigation into the shooting and to seeking justice on behalf of these innocent victims.
Source: Fox News