Buffalo shooter described himself as left-wing and trashed Conservatism, chose location in part because of strict gun control


BUFFALO, NY — The suspect in the gruesome shooting of victims at a supermarket in Buffalo allegedly wrote a manifesto that outlined three key reasons for targeting the city.

The shooting suspect, Payton Gendron, 18, of Conklin, New York, also appeared to mimic the horrific acts of previous mass shooters.

Gendron, who is white, wore body armor and a helmet with a camera attached. He is suspected of shooting 13 people at the Tops Friendly Market, which is located in a predominantly black neighborhood in Buffalo.

Eleven of the victims were black, and two were white. Of the 10 who died, all were black.

The teen suspect reportedly used an illegally modified rifle while livestreaming his attack on the gaming platform Twitch, which is owned by Amazon.

Gendron’s manifesto is reportedly 180 pages long and indicates that he chose Buffalo for three primary reasons.

The Epoch Times reported:

“In the alleged manifesto, the author appears to claim that he chose Buffalo because of the strict gun control laws, because it has a high ‘black population percentage,’ and because it ‘isn’t that far away’ from where he had lived.”

The Epoch Times couldn’t confirm whether the manifesto was written by Gendron, but has contacted Erie County District Attorney John Flynn’s office for comment.


The Epoch Times further reported that the manifesto allegedly stated that New York “has heavy gun laws” and that it would ease the suspect if he “knew that any legally armed civilian was limited to 10 round magazines or cucked firearms.”

New York’s laws restrict magazines to only 10 rounds and laws that limit the purchase of certain types of semi-automatic rifles. New York state residents also need to obtain a permit, which can make it take months if not years, to buy a pistol under the provisions of the SAFE Act, according to The Epoch Times’ report.

The author of the manifesto allegedly asked rhetorically:

“Won’t your attack result in calls for the removal of gun rights in the United States?”

The author then confirms “yes” and says it is part of an unspecified plan:

“Yes, that is the plan all along, you said you would fight to protect your rights and the constitution, soon will come the time.

“NY has cucked gun laws. Assault style weapons and high capacity magazines are illegal for civilians to own, thus lowering threats from law-abiding civilians.”

The suspect also used a visual platform popular with gamers.

Twitch is a site where people can livestream video games while they are playing. Tips and commentary are usually shared while the audience watches.

Associated Press noted:

“The [Twitch] platform has boomed in popularity over the past few years. It played a key role in boosting the spread of ‘esports,’ or competitive video gaming. Popular Twitch gamers can have millions of followers. The platform itself has more than 100 million monthly users.”

Gendron’s livestreamed video was reportedly removed quickly after it was broadcast.

Associated Press reported:

“A Twitch spokesperson said it removed the video in less than two minutes.

“That’s considerably faster than the 17 minutes Facebook needed to take down a similar video streamed by a self-described white supremacist who killed 51 people in two New Zealand mosques in 2019.”

There appears to be an unsettling connection between shooting massacres and social media platforms.

In March of 2019, an Australian, Brenton Harrison Tarrant, now in his 30s, livestreamed his shooting of people at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. He chose Facebook as his streaming platform and seemed to carefully model his attack for the internet-hooked generation. Tarrant wrote a 74-page manifesto that espoused extremist and racist views that sometimes contradicted themselves, Associated Press reported. 51 people died.

Tarrant livestreamed his massacre for at least 17 minutes, shouted out a popular meme slogan and published a long, rambling manifesto containing inside jokes geared for those into underground internet culture, Associated Press reported.

Then only months later, another shooting suspect, Stephan Balliet, who was in his 20s, allegedly launched a deadly attack at a synagogue in Halle, Germany, and livestreamed it on Twitch in October of 2019.

Streaming live with a camera mounted on his helmet, the suspect pushed on the doors of the synagogue, fired several shots at a lock on the door, stuck an explosive in a door jamb and lit it, but could not get in. According to a CNN report, 51 people were barricaded inside.

Since the suspect could not gain access into the synagogue, he allegedly filmed himself killing a woman outside Halle’s synagogue and then a patron at a nearby kebab shop.

During the assault, the suspect reportedly ranted about Jews, feminism and immigration, according to a report by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.

Like Tarrant and Balliet, Gendron livestreamed his massacre of people. In addition, Gendron allegedly wrote a manifesto, like Tarrant did, that mentioned a racist “great replacement” theory to justify attacking people of other races and cultures.

Gendron’s manifesto reportedly mentioned that all non-white and non-Christian people should leave the country, Associated Press reported.

In a separate report, Jewish Telegraphic Agency noted:

“An online manifesto attributed to Payton Gendron, 18, explains that the attack was spurred by the theory that a tide of immigrants is crowding out white populations in western countries. The manifesto also says that Jews are the real problem but that ‘they can be dealt with in time.’

“The Tops supermarket, located just a few miles from the Canadian border, was chosen because it is in an area with many black residents, the manifesto says. Eleven of the 13 people shot there were black, local law enforcement officials said.

“Law enforcement authorities are working to verify that the manifesto was written by Gendron, who was arrested at the scene and later charged with first-degree murder. The U.S. Justice Department is investigating the shooting as ‘a hate crime and an act of racially motivated violent extremism,’ Attorney General Merrick Garland said in a statement.”

Associated Press reported that Gendron’s livestream video spread quickly to other platforms, which were slow in removing the violent content:

“But versions of the Buffalo shooting video still quickly spread to other platforms, and they haven’t always disappeared quickly.

“In April, Twitter enacted a new policy on ‘perpetrators of violent attacks’ to remove accounts maintained by ‘individual perpetrators of terrorist, violent extremist, or mass violent attacks,’ along with tweets and other material produced by perpetrators of such attacks.

“On Sunday, though, clips of the video were still circulating on the platform.”

For example, one video clip on Twitter reportedly showed the gunman moving through the supermarket and firing upon people. Associated Press reported that video remained on Twitter for several hours.

On Sunday, Twitter said in a statement it was working to remove material related to the shooting that violates its rules:

“We believe the hateful and discriminatory views promoted in content produced by perpetrators are harmful for society and that their dissemination should be limited in order to prevent perpetrators from publicizing their message.”

However, Twitter’s actions did not appear consistent. Associated Press reported:

“But the company added that when people share media to condemn it or provide context, sharing videos and other material from the shooter may not be a rules violation. In these cases, Twitter said it covers images or videos with a ‘sensitive material’ cover that users have to click through in order to view them.

“But later Sunday, Twitter changed course on how it was treating material related to the shooting. In a subsequent emailed statement, the company said it is ‘removing videos and media related to the incident’ and ‘may remove’ tweets disseminating the shooter’s writings. Earlier, the company’s statement said it ‘may’ remove material produced by perpetrators.”

New York’s Gov. Kathy Hochul said social media companies must be more careful in monitoring what happens on their own platforms and said the livestream should have been removed “within a second.”

On Sunday, Hochul told ABC’s “This Week” that social media companies are responsible for allowing the growth of “white hope” racist ideas and then allowing people to share them:

“The CEOs of those companies need to be held accountable and assure all of us that they’re taking every step humanly possible to be able to monitor this information.

“How these depraved ideas are fermenting on social media – it’s spreading like a virus now.”

Hochul also noted:

“People are sharing these ideas. They’re sharing videos of other attacks. And they’re all copycat. They all want to be the next great white hope that’s going to inspire the next attack.”

Another disturbing aspect is that Gendron allegedly had made previous threatening comments that brought police to his high school last spring.

However, officials said Gendron was never charged with a crime and had no further contact with law enforcement after his release from a hospital.

According to a report by Breitbart:

“The revelation raised questions about whether his encounter with police and the mental health system was yet another missed opportunity to put a potential mass shooter under closer law enforcement scrutiny, get him help, or make sure he didn’t have access to deadly firearms.

“Authorities said they were investigating the attack on predominantly black shoppers and workers at the Tops Friendly Market as a potential federal hate crime or act of domestic terrorism. Saturday’s mass violence in Buffalo was the deadliest of a wave of fatal weekend shootings, including at a California church and a Texas flea market.

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