Buffalo Shooter Planned More Killings, Police Commissioner Says

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Members of the FBI look at bullet holes through the glass at the scene of a shooting at a Tops supermarket in Buffalo, New York, May 16, 2022.

The white teenage gunman accused of killing 10 Black people in a racist frenzy at a Buffalo, New York, grocery store would have kept on killing if he had escaped the scene, the city’s police commissioner said Monday.

The gunman, identified as Payton Gendron, 18, had talked about gunning down more people at another store if he’d been able to flee the Tops Friendly Market where he allegedly shot 13 people, 11 of them Black, Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia told CNN.

“He was going to get in his car and continue to drive down Jefferson Avenue and continue doing the same thing,” the Buffalo police official said.

The Saturday afternoon mayhem unfolded in a predominantly Black neighborhood in the northeastern U.S. city, an attack that some authorities are describing as a hate crime fueled by what they contend was the shooter’s rage at nonwhite people and the racist theory that nonwhite immigrants are moving to the United States to replace white people.

Family members of Ruth Whitfield, who was killed during a shooting at a Tops supermarket, attend a news conference with Attorney Ben Crump in Buffalo, New York, May 16, 2022.

Family members of Ruth Whitfield, who was killed during a shooting at a Tops supermarket, attend a news conference with Attorney Ben Crump in Buffalo, New York, May 16, 2022.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.

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