Reports appear to show the suspect in the Buffalo shooting’s months-long plan to carry out an attack

Over 600 pages of posts allegedly written by the man on the social media platform Discord accused of killing 10 people at a supermarket in Buffalo seem to show his months, unfolding plan to kill as many black people as possible. The messages, which begin in November, are laced with racist and anti-Semitic diatribes.

Attorney General Merrick Garland said this weekend that federal authorities are investigating the shooting as “a hate crime and an act of racially motivated violent extremism”. Of the 13 people killed or injured11 were black.

The messages appear to have been compiled into a word document by the suspect, 18-year-old Payton Gendron. Authorities tell CBS News they are investigating the reports and believe they are authentic.

On March 1, reports indicate that the suspected gunman identified the Tops supermarket as “attack area 1” and said he will “shoot all blacks and leave tops for 3 minutes”.

According to reports, the suspect traveled to Buffalo on March 8 to mark the supermarket as one of three locations in the city where he could murder black people. They include photos and hand-drawn maps of the inside of the grocery store, as well as a count of the number of customers in the store based on race.

10 dead, 3 injured in Buffalo supermarket mass shooting
Buffalo Police at the scene of a mass shooting at a Tops Friendly Market on May 14, 2022 in Buffalo, New York.

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The suspect also gave details about the store’s security — and in what he writes was “a close call,” describes how he was approached by a security guard who asked what he was doing.

The reports say that in December the suspect decided to “assault the replacements, even live-streaming the attack via discord and twitch.”

On January 14, he wrote that “there is no turning back now, I am fully committed to using all my resources and power to carry out this attack.” Five days later, he posted a photo of an assault rifle he claimed to have purchased from a gun store in Endicott, New York. The gun, a Bushmaster XM-15, is the same weapon he allegedly used in Saturday’s shooting.

He originally chose the attack on March 15, as it has been three years since a gunman committed mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, according to reports. Still, reports indicate that he has repeatedly decided to postpone the attack for various reasons.

On April 28, he wondered why he had not been approached by the FBI.

On May 1, reports show that the suspect is still working on his plan, wondering if he should “block one of the back doors of the rooftops with my car?”

“I would also try to attack a black primary school, but I’m not sure how I would get in,” he added.

US President Biden visits Buffalo after mass shooting
President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden pay their respects to the 10 people killed in a mass shooting in Buffalo, New York, on May 17, 2022.

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The reports continued until a few days before the attack, with the latest reports including photos of an assault rifle scribbled with racist slogans, along with the names of other mass shooters.

Ten people were killed in the shooting, including a church deacon, the mother of the city’s former fire chief and a “beloved” security guard. who tried to disable? the shooter. When meeting with police, the suspect put his gun to his chin, police said, but officers at the scene convinced him to put the gun down and he was taken into custody.

He has been charged with first degree murder – the most serious murder charge under New York law – and has pleaded not guilty.

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