10 shot dead in US state: FBI probe into racist motives

Status: 05/15/2022 11:46 am

At least ten people have been killed after a young man shot himself at a supermarket in Buffalo, USA. Police suspect a hate crime. An 18-year-old man has been charged with murder.

In the aftermath of the shooting death of ten people in Buffalo, New York, the FBI is suspected of racist motives. “We are investigating both a hate crime case and a violent racially motivated terrorism case,” Buffalo FBI investigator Stephen Belongia told a news conference.

At least ten people have been killed after an armed white man opened fire on a grocery store. Three people were injured, police said. Of the 13 victims, 11 were black.

The 18-year-old shooter was arrested shortly after the crime. He turned his shotgun on himself when apprehended by a police officer on the porch of the house where the shootings took place. But the authorities were able to thwart him. He was charged with first-degree murder a few hours after the shooting, according to media reports. Videos and photos show a young buffalo wearing a thin white shirt and mask sitting in front of Judge Craig Hannah in court. He is innocent. Judge Hannah asked if she understood the charges, and she replied, “I do.”

“Some evidence” points to racist activity

Investigators say the attacker broke into the Tops Friendly Market, an area inhabited mostly by buffaloes, and broadcast the attack live on the Internet. The video shows a passenger in front of a supermarket getting down with a gun and firing in the parking lot. There he shot and killed the first four victims. Inside the store, he opened fire on other victims.

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The man posted a kind of statement on the “Twitch” website, in which he expressed racist comments that prompted him to do what he did. The FBI primarily defines hate crimes in which perpetrators attack victims on the basis of race, ethnicity or religion.

According to police, the attacker was heavily armed. He was wearing a bulletproof vest and helmet. According to initial findings, the shooter acted alone. He faces up to life in prison for murder, according to prosecutors. A murder weapon, a military assault rifle, can be purchased legally in New York.

The culprit is not from the area

The supermarket is located several miles north of the city of Buffalo in a densely populated area. “Why would a white man come here and shoot at a black supermarket?” Asked one of the locals on local television. A police officer described the crime scene in The Buffalo News: “It’s like stepping into a horror movie, but it’s all real.”

Apparently, the culprit was specifically looking for the supermarket. Mayor Byrne Brown said he was not from the community. “The shooter who committed this crime against buffaloes traveled for hours from outside this community.”

Governor: Shooting buffalo is terrorism

US President Joe Biden has expressed condolences. It said from the White House that the act was “terrible”. “The President and First Lady pray for the victims and their families.” The White House said Biden had been notified by his Homeland Security adviser about the incident and would continue to do so.

The New York governor has described the shooting in Buffalo as terrorism. The culprit was a right-wing militant who committed a “terrorist act,” Kathy Hochul told a news conference. She truly believes that this person, who has committed a heinous crime, will spend the rest of his days behind bars. Hochul also took issue with social networks that require strict control. There the right-wingers will spread their ideologies and become almost intoxicated.

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Sebastian Hessey, with information from ART Studio Washington

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