A gunman is said to have killed 10 people and injured many more after opening fire on shoppers at a Tops Market supermarket in Buffalo, New York – which he filmed and uploaded to live-streaming platform Twitch
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The family of a grandfather killed in the Buffalo mass shooting learned of his death from the alleged gunman’s Twitch livestream reporting the attack.
The victim, who is not named by the family, is one of 10 people killed by suspected killer Payton Gendron.
The 18-year-old is accused of shooting black people in a supermarket while streaming the massacre live on the internet.
Family members of one of the victims told The sun that they discovered their loved one had died through screenshots posted online.
When he was killed, the grandpa was with his grandson.
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“It’s impersonal and cold to find out like this,” a family member who asked for anonymity told the publication.
“It’s disheartening to know that a small family member was at the scene without knowing if they made it home safely. We panicked for hours.”
Gendron is accused of scrawling the N-word on his gun before he committed the Tops Friendly store massacre in Buffalo, New York on Saturday.
The 18-year-old is said to have live-streamed the carnage – in which 11 of the 13 shots were black – just moments after releasing his horrific 180-page manifesto.
The documents call for people to rise up and kill African Americans and Jews, saying, “We must ensure the existence of our people and a future for white children.”
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Gendron is now on suicide watch, officials say.
The 18-year-old suspect, who is white, was charged with first-degree murder hours after the shooting, of which he pleaded not guilty.
Police said the suspect, from Conklin, New York, drove about 200 miles from his home to the store and, dressed in military gear, used a helmet cam to live-stream the attack.
Gendron allegedly stated his reasons for the attack on his medical card, repeatedly citing Britain.
On page 165 of his manifesto, under the heading “Kill high-profile enemies,” London Mayor Sadiq Khan is listed as one of three men he wanted dead.
Authorities found two other guns – a rifle and a shotgun – in his car.
Tonight, authorities said Gendron was taken into custody and subjected to a psychiatric evaluation last year after he made a threat at his high school.
“The evidence we have uncovered so far leaves no doubt that this is an outright racist hate crime that will be prosecuted as a hate crime,” Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia told reporters Sunday.
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul told ABC News on Sunday that an investigation would focus on what could have been done to stop the teenager, who appeared to have expressed a slew of violent, racist views online.
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“I want to know what people knew and when they knew it,” she said.
On Sunday, several dozen community members held an emotional vigil for the victims outside the store, where Sharon Doyle, a 55-year-old security officer at the Erie County Public Library, led a chant of “Black Lives Matter, my life matters.”
“We all go in these tops. I was scared to even go to Walmart last night,” Doyle said. “I have to go to work tomorrow and I’m scared.”
Nearby, at True Bethel Baptist Church, a reverend held a funeral service for a crowd of believers, including some families of the victims and some who had been in the store at the time of the shooting.
One was Charles Everhart Sr., 65, whose grandson Zaire Goodman, 20, worked at the store. Goodman was shot in the neck but survived.
“He pushed the carts back to the store and was one of the first to get hit,” Everhart said.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/us-news/family-buffalo-shooter-victim-learned-26972433 The family of the Buffalo gunman's victim learned of the death via a live stream of the massacre