Payton Gendron has been identified as the shooter who carried out Buffalo mass shooting / massacre on Saturday, May 14, 2022. At least ten were killed, while three were injured. All the victims who were shot dead and injured were identified. It happened at a Tops Friendly market store on Jefferson Avenue at a supermarket located in Buffalo.
The 18-year-old shooter, Payton Gendron, lives in Conklin, about 200 miles from Buffalo, New York. Peyton Gendron carried out the shooting in a predominantly Black neighborhood. 11 of those 13 people shot were Black – African Americans. Only two were white. Buffalo police and concerned authorities see the incident as a hate crime and a case of racially-motivated violent extremism.
Erie County sheriff John Garcia referred to Payton’s act as pure evil and racially motivated hate crime. As confirmed by his lawyer, Payton Gendron hasn’t pleaded guilty to the killings at the Tops store. The shooter, Payton, had scribbled some words on his rifle.
Who are Payton Gendron’s parents? Buffalo Mass Shooting Shooter
Peyton Gendron is one of the four children of Paul Gendron and Pamela Newbury Gendron. His parents – father and mother – are civil engineers and work for the New York State Department of Transportation. The Buffalo shooter is the oldest of the four kids / siblings.
Gendron’s neighbors said they are an upper-middle-class and lovely family. Nancy Santucci, one of their neighbors said that they seem like regular people, and it didn’t seem like any one of them could go to Buffalo to carry out a racially motivated shooting.
Santucci told The Reporter Times that the mass shooter Payton Gendron graduated from Susquehanna Valley High School in 2021. The family threw a big party in the home and decorated the lawn with balloons. The neighbor said that the Buffalo suspect had brought a human-sized Brontosaurs.
The Facebook profile of Payton Gendron’s father, Paul, reveals that he graduated from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, and went to Madison Central High School, Old Bridge, New Jersey. He is a native resident of Conklin, New York. Paul has been married to Pamela since 2001. There is not much information about Payton Gendron’s mother, Pamela Newbury Gendron, on her social media accounts.
Reportedly, Payton Gendron had uploaded a 180-page manifesto on Google Drive. He claimed to have been radicalized by the internet and not anyone he met in real life. However, he said that Brenton Tarrant, who was responsible for the killings of 51 Muslims in New Zealand in March 2019, inspired him for the act.
While mass-murdering, Payton Gendron live-streamed the video on Amazon-owned streaming platform Twitch. The manifesto of Payton Gendron is based on the Great Replacement Theory, and his radicalization occurred in the early pandemic days. The self-described white supremacist began planning the attack in January 2022. He selected the Tops Friendly supermarket on Jefferson Avenue in Buffalo because it was close to his hometown as well as has the highest black population percentage by zip code.
In Payton Gendron’s manifesto, he has described his step-by-step plans for the shooting. He had mentioned his mundane life, what he eats for breakfast, and how he would go to the Buffalo’s Tops supermarket, wear his tactical suit & helmet and carry his rifle. He had also written that he would live-stream the attack.