Authorities say the buffalo shooter likely planned the attack months ahead of schedule

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Authorities said Sunday that the man who allegedly killed 10 people and wounded three others in a New York’s Buffalo supermarket on Saturday may have planned a racially motivated attack for several months.

Police pointed to the roughly 180-page manifesto, which was posted by the shooter, 18-year-old Payton Gendron, before he went on his rampage. The roving script included a detailed plan for his attack on Top Friendly Market, which drove from several counties, according to police.

“This defendant is accused of traveling into our area and targeting innocent people who were shopping for groceries on Saturday afternoon,” Erie County District Attorney John Flynn said on Saturday. “I continue to pray for all affected by this horrific crime.” “I am committed to bringing justice to the victims, their families, and this community.”

“My office works closely with the US Attorney’s Office and our law enforcement partners on potential terrorism and hate crimes. This is an active investigation and additional charges may be brought,” he added.

New York police said 13 people were shot, and 10 killed, during a “mass shooting” at a Buffalo grocery store.

Gendron identified himself as a white supremacist in his manifesto, detailing his fears that white people would be replaced by other races.

A crowd gathers as police investigate after a supermarket shooting on Saturday, May 14, 2022, in Buffalo, New York, several people were shot at a Top Friendly market.  Police informed the public that the alleged shooter was in custody.

A crowd gathers as police investigate after a supermarket shooting on Saturday, May 14, 2022, in Buffalo, New York, several people were shot at a Top Friendly market. Police informed the public that the alleged shooter was in custody.
(AP Photo/Joshua Bessex)

Among those killed in the shooting was retired Buffalo police officer Aaron Salter, who died while trying to protect shoppers from the rampage.

Stalter worked as a security guard at the store and shot Gendron multiple times as soon as he entered the store, but Genderon’s body armor deflected the shots. Then Gendron shot Stalter.

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Buffalo Police reached out to the Stalter family to offer their condolences on Saturday.

John Evans, president of the Buffalo Police Charity, said, “It has been a pleasure to know him, great man, so highly respected, and loved. This is horrific. It is tragic. I don’t know what other words to describe.” to WIBV 4.

Gendron pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder charges in court Saturday night. He is detained without bail and faces life in prison. He is scheduled to return to court on Thursday for a felony hearing.

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