According to a federal criminal complaint, Payton Gendron, the White suspect in custody for allegedly shooting and killing ten Black people during a racially motivated attack at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York, told his family in an apology note that he committed the attack “for the future of the White race.”
Authorities discovered the scribbled note in Gendron’s bedroom a day after he went to Tops Friendly Market to carry out the attack, according to NBC News. In the May 14 incident, Gendron, 18, killed ten Black persons and injured three more. One Black individual and two White people were among the injured.
On Wednesday, Gendron, who was detained at the scene of the incident, was charged with 26 federal hate crimes and firearms charges. He is also charged with 25 state criminal counts, including murder and attempted murder as hate crimes, as well as weapons possession.
According to the federal criminal complaint, Gendron “apologized to his family for conducting ‘this crime’ and indicated that he ‘had to commit this act’ because he concerns ‘for the survival of the White race.’”
The FBI uncovered the note in question after obtaining a federal search order to search his house in Conklin, New York. A March 8 receipt from Tops after purchasing a candy bar was among the other items discovered. According to NBC News, authorities also discovered what seemed to be handwritten sketches of the store’s interior set-up.
Gendron is also accused of going to the business three times on March 8 and drawing two sketches during those visits, according to authorities. Prosecutors also said the White suspect went to the store “and spent time in front and inside the store” the day before the attack. In Buffalo, the Tops Friendly Market is located in a primarily Black neighborhood.
Gendron is believed to have gone to Tops around two and a half hours before the incident to find out how many Black individuals were in the store and where the security guard was, according to the complaint.
“Gendron’s motivation for the mass shooting was to prevent Black people from replacing white people and eradicating the white race, as well as to motivate others to carry out similar assaults,” according to the lawsuit.