Payton Gendron was 18 in May when authorities say he drove 230 miles across upstate New York to a Tops Markets store in Buffalo and shot 13 people. He wrote in a manifesto that he chose the supermarket because its customers were mostly African-American; all 10 people who died were black. He hurt a white man and apologized; the black people he hurt he finished, according to prosecutors. Gendron said he was determined to stop the destruction of white supremacy and to inspire others to follow his lead, so he live-streamed his attack via Twitch, a platform owned by tech giant Amazon. He also said he found out everything leading up to the May 14 massacre online.
“There was little or no influence on my personal beliefs by people I met in person,” he said.