Ask questions about red flags raised over an armed teenager who committed racist murders in a U.S. supermarket.
Police say 18-year-old Peyton Hendron committed an act of “racially motivated violent extremism” while conducting a live broadcast, opening fire with a semi-automatic rifle on Saturday at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York.
Ten people were killed and three were injured. Eleven of them were black.
And now disturbing details of the teenager’s behavior in high school and his online presence have begun to appear.
Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia said Hendron appeared on the radars of local officers last June when they detained him after he made a “general” threat at his school.
At the time, the teen was assessed for mental health, but released a little over a day later.
Then a 180-page “manifesto” circulated on the Internet, believed to have been written by Hendron, outlining the “Great Theory of Substitution,” a racist conspiracy that claims that white people are being replaced by minorities in the United States and elsewhere.
Another online document appears to have also been written by Hendron, which outlined a list of cases to attack, including cleaning a gun and checking a live broadcast he would use to relay on social media.
An emotionally charged press conference was given on Monday by family and friends of Ruth Whitfield, one of the victims who was called a “hero” for her community and an “angel” for her family.
Their lawyer, Benjamin Crump, was forced to suspend his speech when two women collapsed, sobbing.
It was necessary to help sit down next door and comfort.
Not just an armed man who loaded weapons
Mr Crump said: “What happened on Saturday was an act of internal terrorism, and we need to define it as such – we can’t salt it.
“Just as Americans respond to terrorism, Americans must respond to this act of bigotry, racism and hatred as an act of terrorism.”
He continued: “We intend to bring to justice not only the sick, corrupt monster responsible for this hateful act, but also those who are at the root of the crime, those who control hatred and those who incite hatred on websites. online services. , cable news stations – people who radicalize young people.
“They did charge the gun – and we also have to bring them to justice.”
Hendron surrendered to police after the shooting and was charged with first-degree murder, which in New York provides a maximum term of life imprisonment without parole, but he pleaded not guilty.