Buffalo Mass Shooter Identified, Pleads Not Guilty

The Buffalo News reports:

The gunman accused of killing 10 people, and wounding three others, Saturday afternoon at a Buffalo supermarket is a teenager who drove 3½ hours from his small town in the Southern Tier to carry out the hate-fueled attack, authorities said.

Payton S. Gendron, 18, of Broome County, was arraigned before Buffalo City Court Judge Craig Hannah on a first-degree murder charge. If found guilty, he faces a life sentence in prison without the possibility of parole.

Gendron pleaded not guilty and was remanded without bail. He told the judge “I understand my charges.” Defense attorney Brian Parker requested a forensic examination for Gendron, whose next court appearance is set for 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

The Associated Press reports:

Twitch said in a statement that it ended Gendron’s transmission “less than two minutes after the violence started.” A law enforcement official told The Associated Press that investigators were looking into whether he had posted a manifesto online.

Buffalo police declined to comment on the document, circulated widely online, that purports to outline the attacker’s racist, anti-immigrant and antisemitic beliefs, including a desire to drive all people not of European descent from the U.S.

It said he drew inspiration the man who killed 51 people at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, in 2019. Officials said the rifle Gendron used in the attack was purchased legally but that the magazines he used for ammunition were not allowed to be sold in New York.

The New York Times reports:

Through the 180 pages of hate-filled writings that Payton S. Gendron posted online, a common theme emerged: The notion that white Americans are at risk of being replaced by people of color.

Gunmen have referenced the racist idea, known as “replacement theory,” during a string of mass shootings and other violence in recent years. It was once associated with the far-right fringe, but has become increasingly mainstream, pushed by politicians and popular television programs.

The first page contained a symbol known as the sonnenrad, or black sun — two concentric circles with jagged beams emanating from the center. The Anti-Defamation League has said it was commonly used in Nazi Germany, and has now been adopted by white supremacists and neo-Nazis.