New York City has gone on high alert in the wake of the racist-motivated shooting in Buffalo, with the NYPD apparently deploying officers to black places of worship in the city as a precautionary measure on Saturday night.
‘Nipd deployed additional units in the city, including houses of worship / Black churches as a precaution,’ tweeted WNBC reporter Jonathan Dienst on Saturday, about six hours after a suspected white supremacist struck 10 and injured three in a Tops supermarket, and sent shock waves through the land.
Cops say 11 of those shots were black.
New York City has gone on high alert in the wake of the racist-motivated shooting in Buffalo, with the NYPD deploying officers to black places of worship in the city as a precautionary measure Saturday night. Pictured are officials outside the Tops supermarket where the shooting took place
The gunman, 18-year-old Payton Gendron, was arrested shortly after the murder. Cops say the teenager drove more than three hours from his hometown of Conklin to Buffalo to participate in the shooting, which he streamed live on Twitch.
Video of the attack was quickly scrubbed from the livestreaming site, within just two minutes of posting.
Police described the incident on Saturday – in which Gendron, equipped with two assault rifles, was wearing military clothing and stormed the supermarket – as a ‘heavily armed’ attack.
‘He got out of his car. He was very heavily armed. He had tactical gear. He was wearing a tactical helmet. He had a camera that he streamed live what he was doing, ‘said City Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia at a press conference.
Payton Hendron is arrested Saturday after he killed 10 people at a Tops Market supermarket in Buffalo, Upstate New York. Police say the massacre was motivated by the 18-year-old’s hatred for black people. Eleven of those shots were African-Americans
Gendron shot four people outside the store, three of whom died, the commissioner said. He then entered the supermarket where he exchanged gunfire with a security guard – a former Buffalo police officer. The ex-cop shot several times at the police officer, police said, but the bullets hit the shooter’s body arm and left him unfazed.
Gendron then murdered the guard, identified as Aaron Salter Jr.
Six victims were reportedly shot dead inside.
Cops said Gendron scrawled the n-word on his gun before carrying out the killings. The teenager pleaded not guilty to one count of first-degree murder that resulted from the carnage on Saturday. It is not yet clear on which of the murders the allegation refers. He will probably receive more charges in the coming hours.
Gendron, who was barefoot, masked, and wore a paper jacket to court Saturday, lived in the small town of Conklin with his father Paul and mother Pamela prior to the murder, who are both engineers for the New York transit department. .
Payton Gendron, 18, is named as the shooter who killed 10 people Saturday in a massacre at a New York upstate supermarket
Buffalo shooter Payton Gendron is pictured at his trial Saturday night, after he was accused of one single count of first-degree murder. Further costs are almost certain to follow
Gendron wore a paper outfit and mask for the hearing, and was barefoot. He spoke only to confirm that he understood the charge he was facing, with his lawyer saying he intended to deny the allegations.
Neighbors in the rural town – which has a population of just over 5,000 – told DailyMail.com that the Gendrons are a modest family, and that the news of Payton’s murders had shocked them to the core.
Salter Jr., the first and only victim mentioned in the attack, is hailed as a hero after exchanging gunfire with Gendron in the busy market.
Following the alleged strike, New York Governor Kathy Hochul called the killings “demented” and called for a crackdown on social media companies such as Twitch, which she said acted effectively as an “employee” in Gendron’s crimes. to glorify – what the attack on the mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, in 2019.
The attack then saw 29-year-old Brenton Tarrant – who was also suffering from military fatigue and livestreaming his attack – kill 51 Muslim worshipers. A manifesto written by Tarrant later revealed that the attack was racist.
President Joe Biden is keeping a close eye on developments in the tragedy, according to the White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre.
‘The president was informed by his Homeland Security adviser about the horrific shooting in Buffalo, NY, this afternoon. He will continue to receive updates throughout the evening and morning as further information develops, ‘she said, adding that the president and first lady are praying for the victims and their loved ones.
Erie County Sheriff John Garcia said of the Grnedon massacre: ‘This was pure evil, it was an outright racist hate crime.