Payton G.* (18) in military gear entered a supermarket in the US city of Buffalo on Saturday (local time) and started shooting. 13 people are hit by the bullets, 11 of them are black. Ten people do not survive the massacre.
Now more and more backgrounds of the terrible act are becoming known. It turns out: Payton G.* (18) acted out of pure hatred and racism.
“White Racist” and “Anti-Semite”
Two days before his crime, G. uploaded a 180-page manifesto to the Internet, reports “NBC News”. In it he describes his planned act in minute detail. On several pages he reports that he has radicalized himself on the Internet – because he was bored at home during the corona pandemic.
He is a “white racist” and “anti-Semite,” G. continues. He hates “democrats”, “Jews” and “transgender people”. And: He names role models for his actions.
He felt particularly connected to the Christchurch assassin Brenton Tarrant (31). Tarrant shot dead 51 people in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, on March 19, 2019. He also left a manifesto at the time.
Breivik as a role model
In the 180-page document, Payton G. also addresses confused conspiracy theories. In various Internet forums he came across “low birth rates of whites all over the world”. This is related to a “secret plan” according to which all whites are “exchanged” for other races. This conspiracy theory is widespread among right-wing radicals.
Tarrant is not the only role model for Payton G. Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik (43), who killed 77 people on the Norwegian island of Utøya in 2011, and a young man who killed nine black people in a church in South Carolina in 2015 G. as “inspiration” for his terrible deed.
G. broadcast his terrible act just like Tarrant on the Internet platform “Twitch”. This is normally used for live transmission of online games. According to its own statements, “Twitch” deleted the live broadcast of the Buffalo assassination just two minutes after the start.
Life imprisonment threatened
According to a report by the “New York Post”, G. is said to have attached a photo of the American comedian Sam Hyde to his manifesto. The satirist has repeatedly been the victim of false reports on the Internet for several years and has been named as the perpetrator of terrorist attacks and killing sprees, although it can be proven that he had nothing to do with it.
Whether G. wanted to allow himself a nasty joke or tried to blame his crime on others is now being investigated. Payton G. is currently in custody. If found guilty, he faces life imprisonment. (zis)