Buffalo shooter was ‘armed with weapons of war and a soul filled with hate’: Biden

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He said we have to “take on the hatred that remains a stain on the soul of America.”

The shooter who opened fire on a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, in what authorities described as a “racially motivated attack” has a “soul filled with hate,” President Joe Biden said Sunday.

While speaking at an event honoring law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty in 2021, Biden said he and first lady Jill Biden prayed for the victims and their families.

“A sniper, armed with the weapons of war and filled with hatred, shot dead 10 innocent people in cold blood in a grocery store on Saturday afternoon,” the president told the crowd outside the Capitol.

The 10 victims who died in the attack are all black, law enforcement officials said. One of the injured victims was black while the other two were white, they said.

Biden said the Justice Department has publicly stated that it is investigating the case as “a hate crime and an act of racially motivated violent extremism.”

“As they do, we must all work together to fight the hate that remains a stain on America’s soul,” Biden said. “Hearts are heavy once against but our resolve must never, ever waver.”

Attorney General Merrick Garland said in a statement Saturday that the Justice Department is “committed to a thorough and prompt investigation of this shooting and to seeking justice for these innocent victims.”

An 18-year-old suspect, Payton Gendron, is in custody, according to the Buffalo Police Department. Authorities allege Gendron shot four people in the parking lot before moving inside the store, where he shot nine other people.

Gendron broadcast the attack live on social media and etched the names of previous mass shooters and racial epithets onto the weapon he allegedly used in the attack, a source familiar with the matter told ABC News. investigation.

Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph A. Gramaglia told a news conference Sunday afternoon that the evidence gathered so far indicates “this is an absolute racist hate crime.”

Gendron is believed to have written a 180-page document that focused on “replacement theory,” a white supremacist belief that non-whites will eventually replace whites because they have higher birth rates, said authorities.

Other racist and anti-Semitic tropes were reportedly included in the document, which the suspect appears to have uploaded before the attack.

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