Unfortunately, this is America.
Another preventable act of white supremacist gun violence has shaken the nation. The access point reports that on Saturday, an 18-year-old gunman opened fire on a predominantly black crowd of shoppers at Tops Friendly Market in Buffalo, New York. The premeditated and meticulously planned attack left 10 dead and three others wounded. Of the 13 people shot, 11 victims are black. According to the shooter’s own words and online fingerprint, the devastating hate crime was intended to specifically target and terrorize Black communities.
“This was pure evil. Directly racially motivated, hate crimes by someone outside of our community, outside of the City of Good Neighbors, as the mayor said, coming into our community and trying to inflict evil upon us,” he said. Erie County Sheriff John Garcia during a press conference.
The white nationalist killer arrived at the grocery store Saturday afternoon dressed in tactical gear and armed with a high-powered rifle. He opened fire in the parking lot, where he fatally shot three people and wounded another before entering the store. A black security guard and former Buffalo police officer named Aaron Salter Jr. he bravely returned fire but did not survive a shootout because only the domestic terrorist had bulletproof armor. Other known victims include a 77-year-old man pearly young and 86 years Ruth Whitfield.
Authorities confirmed that the teen livestreamed the carnage on Twitch, which took down the stream “less than two minutes after the violence began,” according to a spokesperson for the platform. similar to others racist mass murderers, allegedly wrote that he became radicalized in extremist online communities and justified the mass shooting with the same anti-black and anti-immigrant rhetoric that regularly appears on conservative platforms like Fox News. Fear-mongering propaganda about minorities replacing the white population is a common belief among those who are also violent against Muslims, Latinos, and Jews.
The dangerous and delusional writing published indicates that every detail of this tragedy was planned well in advance to cause the most racist terror. Less than 24 hours after the incident, one of the most popular Google searches is the distance from little-known Conklin, New York to Buffalo, because the killer spent at least three hours traveling to this particular grocery store more than 200 miles away. miles from home. He reportedly planned to target a predominantly black community where gun laws were too strict for victims to challenge his firepower. The short, horrifyingly graphic video streamed online showed him writing both “n***er” and a Nazi reference on the barrel of the assault weapon.
Somehow, the boys in blue stopped the well-armed mass murderer alive after they talked him out of it in a standoff. It is incredible how tenderly he was embraced by the police in a city that does not maintain the same energy in protests against police violence. Buffalo police are already known for their reckless brutality. A viral video from a 2020 George Floyd protest showed two Buffalo police officers in riot gear, officers Robert McCabe and Aaron Torgalskipush a 75-year-old white man named Martin Gugino so hard that he cracked his skull on the concrete and suffered a brain injury. Both officers were cleared of any wrongdoing on April 8, 2022.
The killer pleaded not guilty to multiple first-degree murder charges at an arraignment Saturday night. The Buffalo district attorney’s office plans to file additional charges against him according to CNN. The FBI is also “investigating the shooting as a hate crime and a case of racially motivated violent extremism,” according to FBI Special Agent Stephen Belongia.
Our deepest condolences to the victims, their loved ones and everyone affected by this horrible tragedy.