Biden calls for end to 'hate fuelled domestic terrorism' after New York supermarket shooting leaves ten dead
US President Joe Biden has called for the end of ‘hate-fuelled domestic terrorism’, following the mass shooting in Buffalo, New York, where 10 people were killed.
Eleven out of the 13 people struck by gunfire at the New York supermarket were Black, according to ABC news.
The 18-year-old alleged offender, Payton Gendron, live-streamed the attack while dressed in a combat uniform shortly after entering the premises in a predominantly Black neighbourhood five kilometres north of downtown Buffalo.
Ten people were left dead, with three others critically injured.
Gendron is also suspected of having written a 180-page manifesto posted online detailing his plan for the massacre. In this, he reportedly repeatedly cited the ‘great replacement theory’, a white nationalist far-right conspiracy that non-white people are replacing white people in the world.
New York Governor Kathy Hochul said the attack was a 'military-style execution targeting people who simply want to buy groceries'.
"It strikes us in our very heart to know that there's such evil that lurks out there," she said.
The US President wrote in a statement: “Any act of domestic terrorism, including an act perpetrated in the name of a repugnant white nationalist ideology, is antithetical to everything we stand for in America.
"Hate must have no safe harbor. We must do everything in our power to end hate-fuelled domestic terrorism.”
The US Justice Department is investigating the matter as 'a hate crime and an act of racially-motivated violent extremism'.