According to the Buffalo Police Department, Payton Gendron, 18, entered the Tops Friendly Markets store with a military-style assault rifle and opened fire

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This image provided by the Erie County District Attorney's Office shows Payton Gendron. Authorities say the white 18-year-old who killed 10 people at a Buffalo supermarket during a rampage that targeted Black people had previously made a threat at his high school. But they say Gendron was never charged with a crime and had no further contact with law enforcement after his release from a hospital. (Erie County District Attorney's Office via AP)
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According to the Buffalo Police Department, Payton Gendron, 18, entered the Tops Friendly Markets store with a military-style assault rifle and opened fire. Investigators believe it was a racially motivated attack, the Associated Press reports.

He allegedly researched the local demographics and chose that supermarket to kill as many Black people as possible, then shot, in total, 11 Black people and two white people on Saturday.

Citing an unnamed law enforcement official, the AP said a preliminary investigation found Gendron had repeatedly visited online sites that promoted white supremacist ideologies and race-based conspiracy theories.

NBC News reports Gendron apparently wrote and posted an explicit public declaration that repeatedly cited the “Great Replacement” theory, which is the false belief that a secret political group is working to replace white Americans with non-white people through interracial marriage, immigration, and inevitable violence.

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