A purported manifesto points to white supremacist beliefs

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BUFFALO, NY (NEWS10) – The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating Saturday’s mass shooting at a Buffalo Top’s Market as a hate crime and an act of racially motivated violent extremism. Officials said 10 people were killed and three injured following an alleged manifesto supporting a conspiracy theory that the suspect became radicalized on an extremist forum.

The shooter, 18, Payton S. Gendron of Conklin, was identified as the shooter when he was arraigned. Gendron has been charged with first degree murder in connection with the shooting. The U.S. Attorney for Western New York and the Erie County District Attorney both said they would investigate the shooting and charge Gendron in the manner of a hate crime.

That’s because the shooter was targeting a predominantly black neighborhood, and 11 of the victims were black officials, it said. A police source confirmed that Gendron had a racial slur written on his gun.

On Sunday, Governor Kathy Hochul delivered a speech at the True Bethel Baptist Church located in the heart of the city of Buffalo. The Governor said “I am angry my friends” from the pulpit of the church.

“Lord, forgive the anger in my heart right now. Forgive me, Lord. I know this has no place here, Lord. I was raised in love, respect, and care. Well, to hear these stories and the pain in a community that I love so much, I am angry,” Hochul said.

Watch the full live stream of Governor Kathy Hochul’s remarks here:

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