Ten people shot dead in an American state: the FBI is investigating a racial motive

Status: 05/15/2022 11:46

At least ten people died when a young man committed suicide in a supermarket in the American city of Buffalo. Police suspect a hate crime. The 18-year-old has been charged with murder.

After the shooting attack that killed ten people in Buffalo, New York, the FBI is investigating suspected racist motives. “We are investigating both a hate crime case and a racially motivated violent extremism case,” Buffalo FBI investigator Stephen Belongia said at a news conference.

The armed white assailant opened fire in a grocery store, killing at least ten people. Three people were injured, police said. Eleven of the 13 victims are black.

The 18-year-old suspected shooter was taken into custody immediately after the crime. He turned the guns on himself when the police arrived on the scene. But the officers managed to subdue him. According to media reports, hours after the shooting, he was charged with first-degree murder. Videos and photos showed the young man wearing a thin white shirt and face mask sitting in front of Judge Craig Hannah in court in Buffalo. He pleaded not guilty. When Judge Hannah asked him if he understood the charges, he reportedly replied, “I understand my charges.”

“Some evidence” points to a racist act

The attacker broke into the Tops Friendly Market in a predominantly black Buffalo neighborhood and apparently broadcast the attack live on the internet, investigators said. The video shows how he got out with the gun in the passenger seat outside the supermarket and opened fire in the parking lot. There he shot the first four victims. Inside the store, he shot the other victims.

The man also published a kind of manifesto on the Internet platform “Twitch” in which he expresses racist ideas that could have motivated him to do what he did. The FBI defines hate crimes primarily as those in which the perpetrator attacks the victims because of their race, race, or religion.

Police say the attacker was heavily armed. He was wearing a bulletproof vest and a helmet. According to initial findings, the shooter acted alone. Prosecutors say he faces life imprisonment for murder. The murder weapon, a military assault rifle, can be purchased legally in New York.

The attacker is not from the area

The supermarket is located several miles north of downtown Buffalo, in an area mostly populated by black people. “Why would a white man come here and shoot a black supermarket?” a local resident asked on local television. A police officer described the crime scene to The Buffalo News newspaper: “It’s like stepping into a horror movie, but it’s all real.”

Apparently the attacker specifically searched for the supermarket. He’s not from the community, Mayor Byron Brown said. “The shooter traveled hours from outside this community to commit this crime against the people of Buffalo.”

Governor: Buffalo shooting is terrorism

US President Joe Biden expressed his condolences. The act was “terrible,” he said from the White House. “The President and First Lady are praying for the victims and their families.” The White House said Biden was briefed on the incident by his homeland security adviser and will continue to be kept informed.

The governor of New York State called the fatal shooting in Buffalo a terrorism. The author is a right-wing extremist who committed a “terrorist act”, Kathy Hochul told a press conference. She sincerely hopes that this person who has just committed a hate crime will spend the rest of his life behind bars. Hochul also took issue with social networks that require stricter regulation. There, the right would spread its ideologies and become almost addicted.

With information from Sebastian Hesse, ARD Studio Washington

United States: 10 dead after a shooting in a Buffalo supermarket

Sebastian Hesse, ARD Washington, 15.5.2022 06:32 hours

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