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American shooter has been planning attack for months, visiting site 3 times


Payton Gendron, 18, visited the Tops Friendly Market in Buffalo three times on March 8

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The white teenager accused of killing 10 Black people at a New York grocery store planned the shooting for months – and selected the location ahead of time, according to social media posts attributed to the suspect.

Payton Gendron, 18, visited the Tops Friendly Market in Buffalo three times on March 8 and then wrote of his intention to commit murder – according to posts he allegedly made on Discord and 4chan, both sites popular among radicals.

He wrote about how many black and white buyers were inside and mapped the supermarket’s corridors, CNN and The Washington Post reported.

Gendron posted that during his third trip, he was approached by a “Black Armed Security Guard” who asked him what he was doing to get in and out of the store.

The alleged shooter has apologized for collecting census data. “In retrospect, it was a close call,” Gendron wrote.

In a post on March 10, Gendron wrote: “I will have to kill that security guard at Tops. I do not hope he kills me or even hurts me immediately,” CNN reported.

Among the victims of Saturday’s shooting was a retired police officer who worked as a security guard. He fired several shots at the attacker before being shot himself, police said.

Gendron first wrote about killing Black people in December and in February decided to target Tops based on his large surrounding African-American population, according to the Post, which reviewed more than 600 pages of online messages.

Gendron said he chose Buffalo as the preferred location for his attack because his zip code has a higher black population than other locations he has considered, CNN reports.

He allegedly wrote about how he planned to carry out his attack on March 15, but delayed several times.

With a heavy body weapon and an AR-15 assault rifle, the white supremacy is accused of broadcasting Saturday’s racist disaster live.

He pleaded not guilty to a single charge of first-degree murder.

(This story was not edited by techlives staff and is automatically generated from a syndicated stream.)

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