The man accused Saturday of killing 10 people at a supermarket in Buffalo was influenced by a white New Zealand supremacist who killed dozens of people in a pair of shootings three years ago, according to a 180-page online manifesto.
Payton Gendron, 18, wrote a terrifyingly cold “questions and answers” section of the manifesto detailing the white nationalist beliefs he said led him to plan the attack in Buffalo.
He said the “certain person who radicalized (him) the most” was Brenton Tarrant, the man who killed 51 people in 2019 shootings at two New Zealand mosques.
The manifesto also named several other people who inspired Gendron, including Dylann Roof, the young man who killed nine black people in a South Carolina church in 2015, and Anders Breivik, the Norwegian man who killed 77 people in 2011.
In the manifesto, Gendron says he has lived in southern New York all his life. He described himself as an engineering student at SUNY Broome.
Police said the killer drove “hours away” to carry out the attack. Gendron would live in Conklin, NY, about three and a half hours from Buffalo.
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“The truth is that my personal life and experiences are of no value,” the manifesto reads. Gendron wrote that he got his white nationalist ideology “mainly from the Internet” and that there was “little to no influence on my personal beliefs by people I met personally.”
The chilling document described how Gendron planned the attack in great detail.
“Postal code 14208 in Buffalo (the zip code for Tops Friendly Market) has the highest percentage of black close enough to my hometown,” Gendron wrote.
He also said he bought body armor to protect himself from bullets fired by security at the store. Police chiefs said Gendron shot the guard, a retired Buffalo police officer, before continuing his frenzy.
Gendron’s manifesto also contained pages and pages of anti-Semitic diatribes – but his plan of attack was aimed solely at black people.
“No mental disability or disorder has ever been diagnosed,” he wrote. “I believe I am perfectly healthy.”
Gendron was arrested at the Tops Friendly Market after shooting 13 people, killing 10 of them. Of the 13 he shot, 11 were black, police said. He was charged with murder and investigators said he could be charged with terrorism and hate crimes.