Accused of a hospital gown Shooter from Buffalo supermarket Peyton HendronAn 18-year-old from Canclin, New York, was brought to trial on Saturday night on a first-degree murder charge and ordered to be detained without bail.
Investigators believe Hendron posted a 180-page document online before the mass shooting, which included a detailed plan of attack and support for several mass murderers.
It is believed that the suspect was the author of a document based on the theory of the replacement of white people.
“The shooter traveled for hours outside the community to commit this crime against the people of Buffalo, on a day when people enjoyed the sunlight, rejoiced with family, rejoiced with friends,” Mayor Byron Brown told Saturday night. conference. “People in the supermarket, shopping and bullets falling on them. People’s lives were destroyed in an instant for no reason. “
Hendron has pleaded not guilty, but could go to jail for the rest of his life if convicted of first-degree murder. There will probably be more levies at the federal level.
Police say Hendron, who is white, was in body armor and military-type clothing when he drove up and opened fire on people at the Tops Friendly Market.
Officials said they were still working to find out how the suspect got the weapon.
During a preliminary engagement with law enforcement, a local high school last June called police in Broome County, New York, after they reported that Hendron threatened to be shot at graduation or at this time, ABC News confirmed to law enforcement sources. familiar with the subject. .
State police conducted an investigation, no charges were brought, and Hendron received a mental health assessment and counseling.
Meanwhile, neighbors of the Hendron family told ABC News that the neighborhood felt almost like “Leave the Beaver”, and described the family as friendly.
The parents of the shooting suspect, Paul and Pamela Hendron, are both engineers, and until recently their son studied at the nearby Broom SUNY Community College, hoping to enroll in the field. A BUN SUNY spokesman confirmed that Hendron was a former student.
At a news conference on Saturday, Gov. Katie Hochul sharply criticized “social media platforms” for showing hatred and not immediately eliminating gendron. live broadcast.
Although she did not name any site, an administration official confirms that she meant Twitch, a live broadcast site owned by Amazon and popular with gamers.
“Social networking platforms that profit from their existence should be responsible for monitoring and surveillance, knowing that they may in some sense be complicit in such a crime. Perhaps not legally, but morally. They have created a platform to address this hatred. was erupted, “Hochul said.
Hochul also said that on social networking platforms there is “nutritional frenzy where hatred festers hatred”.
“It needs to stop. These media need to be more vigilant in monitoring content on social media. And, of course, the fact that this act of barbarism, is the punishment of innocent people, can be broadcast live on social media platforms and not eliminated on for a second, tells me there is a responsibility, ”the governor added.
Twitch claims to have shut down the Gendron channel within two minutes of the shooting and issued a statement saying:
“We are very saddened to hear about the shooting that took place this afternoon in Buffalo, New York. Our hearts belong to the community affected by the tragedy. Twitch pursues a policy of zero tolerance against violence of any kind and is working quickly to respond to all “The user has been suspended from our service indefinitely, and we take all necessary measures, including monitoring accounts that relay this content.”
In 2019, a shooting at a Jewish synagogue in Halle, Germany, was also broadcast live on Twitch.
Law enforcement is also considering the Discord messaging platform, where an armed man may have compiled a list of instructions. The discord was used by supporters of white supremacy to plan a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017.
CNN contributed to the report
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