U.S. President Joe Biden is set to urge Americans “hatred not to give a safe haven” and Congress to introduce gun control when he and First Lady Jill Biden set off on Tuesday to honor the victims of the massacre in Buffalo, New York.

Biden’s schedule includes a visit to the memorial and commemoration of the victims of Saturday’s shooting, as well as a meeting with the families of the victims, law enforcement agencies, emergency services and local leaders.

“The president will call this heinous act what it is: terrorism motivated by a hateful and vicious ideology that tears the soul of our nation apart,” a White House official told reporters.

File – US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden will travel to Buffalo, New York on Tuesday to honor the victims of the massacre.

In a planned address, the official said Biden would also urge Congress to “take steps to prevent weapons on our streets and keep weapons out of the hands of criminals and people with serious mental illness that makes them a danger to themselves.” or others. “

Authorities say 18-year-old Peyton Hendron, a white man, killed 10 people and injured three others at a grocery store in an area predominantly black. Eleven of those shot were Black.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating the attack as a hate crime.

“For my part, I want to make it clear that all we know was targeted attack, hate crime and racially motivated acts of violent extremism,” FBI Director Christopher Ray said Monday. “While much remains unknown, as is always the case in the investigation at this stage, it is absolutely certain that we at the FBI are committed to a comprehensive and aggressive investigation into Saturday’s attack.”

Investigators are studying a racist 180-page document allegedly written by Hendron, which says the attack was aimed at terrorizing all non-white, non-Christian people and forcing them to leave the United States.

Police say Hendron drove 320 miles from his home in Canclin, New York, during the attack fired an AR-15 rifle, wore a body armor and used a helmet camera to broadcast the massacre online.

Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia told CNN on Monday that a gunman had said he would shoot more people at another store if he managed to escape from the Tops Friendly Market.

“He was going to get in his car and keep driving down Jefferson Avenue and keep doing the same thing,” a Buffalo police officer said.

Candles and signs left at the memorial to the victims at the site of the shooting at the Tops supermarket in Buffalo, New York, USA, May 16, 2022.

Candles and signs left at the memorial to the victims at the site of the shooting at the Tops supermarket in Buffalo, New York, USA, May 16, 2022.

On Monday at the White House, Biden paid tribute to one of the victims, security guard and retired police officer Aaron Salter. Salter shot the attacker several times, at least once hitting his armored vest before he was killed.

Biden said Salter “gave his life trying to save others.”

Hendron surrendered to police who encountered him in the lobby of the supermarket. He was charged with murder pending trial in the coming days.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has condemned the shooting, and his spokesman said Sunday that Guterres was “shocked” by the “dwarf act of racist violent extremism in Buffalo”.

Some of the material in this report came from The Associated Press.

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