Payton Gendron, an 18-year-old white man has murdered 10 people in a black neighborhood in New York state.
The suspect reportedly stormed a Tops Friendly Market in Buffalo on Saturday and opened fire while on live stream.
According to officials, eleven of Gendron’s victims were black while two were white.
Gendron was apprehended after the attack.
Buffalo Police Commissioner, Joseph Gramaglia revealed that the suspect killed nine customers and a retired police officer working as an armed security guard.
According to him: “He exited his vehicle. He was very heavily armed. He had tactical gear. He had a tactical helmet on. He had a camera that he was live-streaming what he was doing.”
Speaking on the unfortunate incident, Special Agent in charge of the FBI’s Buffalo field office, Stephen Belongia explained that the crime was being investigated as “both a hate crime and a case of racially motivated violent extremism”.
The president of the United States, Joe Biden called the crime an “abhorrent” act.
The suspect who is currently being held without bail has been arraigned on a charge of first-degree murder, which carries a sentence of life without parole.