at least ten dead, mostly African Americans

On Saturday, an 18-year-old white man opened fire in the parking lot of a supermarket in Buffalo, United States, then in the business. He killed ten people, and three others are injured at this point. The racist intent of this crime, the vast majority of whose victims are black, is beyond doubt in the eyes of the police and the authorities.

An 18-year-old white man opened fire in a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, on Saturday, killing at least ten people, most of them African-Americans, authorities denouncing a new massacre in racist character of a white supremacist.

“We are investigating this incident as both a hate crime and a case of racially motivated violent extremism,” Buffalo FBI police officer Stephen Belongia said at a news conference in that city. North American, on the shores of Lake Erie, on the border with Canada. The killer was immediately arrested on the spot, initially prosecuted for “premeditated murder” and incarcerated.

The killer surrendered to the police

It is an 18-year-old white man who was equipped with an “assault weapon”, a bulletproof vest, military-style clothing, a helmet and a camera to broadcast his crime live on the internet, announced the local police and judicial authorities. Buffalo Police Chief Joseph Gramaglia said “ten people were killed” and three others injured. Eleven were black people and two were white, in this predominantly African-American neighborhood of Buffalo.

According to Commissioner Gramaglia, the killer first shot four people in the parking lot of the Tops supermarket, killing three of them, before entering the business and committing carnage there. There, a security guard, a retired policeman, shot the assailant but the latter, protected by his bulletproof vest, was not injured and shot the guard.

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When the police arrived very quickly on the scene, the young man turned his weapon against him, at the level of his neck, before surrendering to the police, according to Commissioner Gramaglia.

“Evil Incarnate”

The attack is “a hate crime and racially motivated” perpetrated by “evil incarnate,” blasted Erie County Sheriff John Garcia. “Hate crime” in the United States refers to an act directed against a targeted person because of elements of their identity such as race, religion, nationality, sexual orientation or disability. Considered an aggravated federal offence, it carries harsher sentences.

Asked if the shooter faced the death penalty at the federal level, the local representative of the prosecution of the United States Department of Justice replied that “all options were on the table”.

A crime broadcast on Twitch, a racist manifesto published online

The assailant, who was carrying a camera, began to broadcast his crime on the Twitch platform, which declared itself “devastated” and promised “zero tolerance against all forms of violence”. According to the social network, the content was deleted “two minutes” after it began to be broadcast, the attacker’s account was “permanently suspended” and “all accounts likely to repost this content are under surveillance”.

American media have also mentioned a “manifesto” of a racist nature disseminated on the internet, as is often the case in crimes committed by white supremacists. The newspaper Buffalo News even revealed that a terribly offensive, racist and taboo word in the United States for black people had been painted in white on the barrel of the weapon.

It is an “excruciating killing by a white supremacist,” New York State Governor Kathy Hochul thundered on Twitter.

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For his part, the mayor of Buffalo, an African-American, Byron Brown, denounced the fact that the killer had traveled several hours to commit his crime in a predominantly black neighborhood of Buffalo.

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