aIn the face of horror in the United States from a racially motivated armed attack that killed ten in upstate New York, President Joe Biden traveled to the scene of violence on Tuesday. The White House said Sunday (local time) that the president and his wife wanted to visit Buffalo “to mourn the community who lost 10 lives in this senseless and appalling attack.” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also condemned the “disgusting act of violent racial extremism”.
Investigators are now apparently assuming the racial motive of the 18-year-old white striker at a Buffalo supermarket on Saturday. “The evidence found so far shows beyond doubt that this is an entirely racist hate crime,” Joseph Grammaglia, Buffalo Police Department, said Sunday. Ten people were shot dead and three others were injured in the violence. Nearly all of the victims were African Americans. The attacker, who initially broadcast his show live on the Internet, opened fire in front of and inside a supermarket.
The offender had previously discovered the area, which was inhabited mostly by blacks, Grammaglia said. He drove more than 320 kilometers from his home to Buffalo to carry out his attack there. He was wearing a flak jacket and helmet and fired from an AR-15 assault rifle. The man was arrested and charged with premeditated murder. According to Gramaglia, he was previously called to do a brief psychological assessment of “public threats” against his school.
Perpetrators ‘inspired’ by Christchurch crimes
According to US media reports, authorities are examining a 180-page “statement” by the perpetrator, said to have been posted on the Internet prior to the attack, in which the man explains his racist intentions and motives. The New York Times, citing this text, reported that the attacker was “affected” by the attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, which killed 51 people in 2019.
Shocked residents gathered in front of the supermarket for a vigil. New York Governor Cathy Hochhol, Attorney General Letitia James and Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown attended mass on Sunday. Hochhol described the violence as “executions of a military nature.” James, who is African American, said the attack was “domestic terrorism, plain and simple.” Brown asserted that the perpetrator specifically wanted to eliminate “as many black lives as possible”.
Another gun attack on Sunday, this time at a church in California, has caused renewed terror. One person was killed and five others were injured, some seriously, from the shooting. Police said the attack was carried out by a man of Asian origin. On Sunday (local time), Orange County police said the 60-year-old was still under investigation. According to a report by the Los Angeles Times, most of the victims are of Asian origin, and most of them are from Taiwan.
Police said worshipers at the church in the town of Laguna Woods, about 70 kilometers south of Los Angeles, were gathering for an after-church meal when the attack began. Accordingly, the believers were able to overpower the attacker and detained him until the arrival of the police. Hallock said churchgoers “tied his legs with an extension cord and seized at least two weapons.” “This group of churchgoers demonstrated extraordinary heroism and courage.” Perhaps the faithful would have prevented more injuries or deaths.