- Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said that the teenage gunman purposefully drove to the area to take Black lives.
- Payton Gendron shot 13 people and killed 10, the majority of whom were Black.
- Gendron, 18, has been charged with first-degree murder.
Mayor Byron Brown of Buffalo, New York, is calling for gun control and an end to hate speech after a teenage gunman purposefully drove to the area “with the express purpose of taking Black lives.”
According to the authorities, an 18-year-old white gunman opened fire at the Tops supermarket in Buffalo on Saturday afternoon.
The teenage gunman shot 13 people, the majority of whom were Black, killing 10.
During an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Mayor Brown told moderator Chuck Todd that the gunman drove hours from his hometown to the predominately Black neighborhood in Buffalo.
Brown stated, “The individual that committed this crime drove from several hours away. They were not from this community, and they drove here with the express purpose of taking Black lives.”
The shooter, who live-streamed the attack, has been identified as Payton Gendron from Conklin, New York.
Gendron’s semi-automatic weapon reportedly had the N-word and the number 14 painted in white on the barrel. Officials also found a manifesto, which appears to belong to Gendron, that mentioned plans to kill Black people. The manifesto also referenced a white supremacist conspiracy theory called the replacement theory, which believes that people of color will outnumber white people.
Gendron has been charged with first-degree murder, to which he pleaded not guilty.
During Brown’s interview with NBC, he called for “sensible gun control” and the end of hate speech online. He added that hate speech “is not free speech” and “is not the American way.”
Brown continued, “We are not a nation of haters. We are not a nation of hate. We need to send the message that there is no place on the internet for hate speech, for hate indoctrination, for spreading hate manifestos.”
The mayor expressed his hope that the shooting in Buffalo will be a “turning point,” in that changes will happen “in terms of the energy and the activity that we see.”