The white teen accused of murdering 10 black people at a New York grocery store planned the shooting for months — and pinpointed the location ahead of time, with social media posts attributed to the suspect’s performance.
On March 8, 18-year-old Payton Gendron visited Buffalo’s Tops friendly market three times and wrote about his murderous intent afterward – believed to be on two sites, Discord and 4chan. are popular with activists.
He wrote how many black and white shoppers were inside and marked the supermarket aisles, according to CNN and The Washington Post.
Gendron posted that during his third trip, he was approached by a “black armed security guard” who asked him what he was doing in and out of the store.
The alleged shooter made up an excuse to collect census data. “In hindsight, it was a close call,” Gendron wrote.
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shooter’s social media posts
In a March 10 post, Gendron wrote: “I’m going to have to kill that security guard at Tops. I hope he doesn’t kill me right away or even hurt me,”
Among the victims of Saturday’s shooting was a retired police officer who was a security guard. Police said he fired several shots at the attacker before being shot dead.
Gendron first wrote about the killing of black people in December and decided in February to target Tops based on the large African-American population around him, according to The Washington Post, which reviewed more than 600 pages of online messages.
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Why choose Buffalo?
According to CNN, Gendron said he chose Buffalo as his preferred location for an attack because its zip code has a larger black population than other locations he was considering.
He allegedly wrote about how he planned to carry out the attack on March 15, but it was delayed several times.
Wearing a heavy body armor and wielding an AR-15 assault rifle, the white supremacist was accused of live-streaming Saturday’s racist atrocities.
He pleaded not guilty to one count of first-degree murder.