US President Joe Biden has called for an end to “hate-fueled domestic terrorism,” hours after ten people were shot dead in a mass shooting at a Black neighborhood in New York. Eleven of the 13 people struck by gunfire were Black.
A teenage gunman opened fire at a supermarket in Buffalo on Saturday, shooting and killing 10 people and injuring three more.
The authorities are investigating the shooting as a hate crime.
Calling the incident "horrific," Biden said on Saturday that the nation “must do everything in our power to end hate-fueled domestic terrorism.”
The president said that “we don’t need anything else to state a clear moral truth: A racially motivated hate crime is abhorrent to the very fabric of this nation.”
In a reaction to the incident, New York Governor. Kathy Hochul slammed social media platforms for not being "vigilant" enough in monitoring content.
“These outlets must be more in monitoring social media content," she said hours after the incident.
Hochul also said there is a “feeding frenzy” in social media outlets “that has to stop.”
While she did not name anyone site, an administration official confirms that she was referring to Twitch, a live streaming site owned by Amazon.
Police said the gunman, identified as Payton Gendron, livestreamed a chilling video feed that appeared designed to promote his sinister agenda.
According to authorities, the shooter was entranced by a white supremacist ideology known as replacement theory.
Gendron also allegedly posted a manifesto on 4chan, an online forum.
According to NBC News, the statement outlined ideas to assault Black individuals,
Law enforcement is also looking at the messaging platform Discord, where the gunman may have made a list of instructions for himself.
Discord was used by white supremacists to plan the Charlottsville rally in 2017.
Among other reactions to the tragic incident is that of US Senator Chuck Schumer, who said, "Racism has no place in our state or our country."
Congressman Brian Higgins also said the victims of the Buffalo shooting "were targeted by a racism-inspired act of domestic terrorism."
New York State Senator Sean Ryan said, "These types of hate crimes and beliefs remain infuriatingly prevalent in our country."
"We must condemn not only this ghastly act of terrorism, but the despicable beliefs that motivated it as well," he added.