Buffalo shooting ‘carried out by sick, demented individual fuelled by diet of hate’ who is now on suicide watch

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A teenager accused of killing 10 people and injuring three others in a mass shooting at a US supermarket in the city of Buffalo is on suicide watch, officials say.

Payton Gendron is being detained separately from other individuals in a holding centre following the massacre on Saturday afternoon.

Eleven of the 13 people who were shot were black.

The 18-year-old suspect, who is white, was arraigned on first-degree murder charges hours after the shooting, to which he pleaded not guilty.

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Authorities are calling the shooting an act of “violent extremism” motivated by racial hatred.

Letitia James, the attorney general of New York, said the attack was committed by a “sick, demented individual who was fuelled a daily diet of hate”.

The attack happened at the Tops Friendly Markets in Jefferson Avenue, about three miles (5km) north of downtown Buffalo in New York state.

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Authorities say the suspect, of Conklin, New York, drove about 200 miles (320 km) from his home to the store where he staged the apparently random attack and live-streamed the massacre on the social media platform Twitch.

Federal agents have interviewed the parents of the suspect and have served multiple search warrants, according to a law enforcement official.

Federal authorities were still working to confirm the authenticity of a 180-page manifesto that was posted online, which detailed the plot and identified Gendron by name as the gunman, the official said.

Speaking on Sunday, President Joe Biden said: “We must all work together to address the hate that remains a stain on the soul of America.

“Our hearts are heavy once again, but our resolve must never, ever waiver.”

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