Payton Gendron paid $960 at a gun shop for the semi-automatic rifle he used to kill 10 people on Saturday.
Although he had no job, he was able to raise over $3,500 to buy the gun, ammunition, body armor and other gear for his assault by selling silver coins and used outdoor equipment in a flea market.
The 18-year-old white supremacist accused of killing 10 people at an East Side Tops on Saturday considered dozens of other locations – including a Buffalo barber shop, a Syracuse mall and a Rochester Walmart – before deciding the supermarket Jefferson Avenue would allow him to target the greatest number of black victims.
He bought much of what he needed online, including the body armor that Buffalo police say protected Gendron from being shot by a security guard in the middle of his shooting.
And he was able to buy everything he needed without arousing suspicion.
“My parents know little about me,” he wrote in February. “They don’t know about the hundreds of ounces of silver I had, or the hundreds of dollars I spent on ammunition. They don’t even know I own a shotgun or an AR-15 or illegal magazines.
Gendron, 18, of Conklin, now faces a first-degree murder charge for the mass shooting at a Tops Markets store in Jefferson that also injured three other people.
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Gendron quit a job at Conklin Reliable Market, a grocery store near his home in the Southern Tier, in September 2021, after just two months, according to an official.
On a Sunday three months later, he made $1,488 selling silver coins and using outdoor gear at the P&J flea market in Binghamton, Gendron wrote in an online account of his planning. offensive.
He disliked many flea market vendors, saying they defrauded customers and often used anti-Semitic slurs to describe them in his writings. Nevertheless, he returned to the flea market several times in the months that followed, sometimes selling, sometimes buying.
Online, he railed against the use of paper money in anti-Semitic and anti-government rants. As much as possible, he relied on silver for his dealings.
Although the flea market was his most frequent haunt, he also bought and sold in several other places.
One day in early December, he visited a pawn shop, coin shop, and antique store near his home, buying $327 in silver, including three ounces of Virgin Islands silver; an 1880 Morgan silver dollar; and 13 “war nickels” minted in the 1940s, with a higher than usual silver content, he wrote in the online account.
In the weeks that followed, he said he made $250 selling British silver to someone he connected with on Reddit.
At times he expressed regret that he had sold some of his equipment for too little. There was a pair of boots that he had paid over $200 for when they were new. He said he sold them for $30. He made $30 selling a sleeping bag that sells for over $150 new, he wrote.
They talked about black holes, Niagara Falls and critical race theory, and the man told Grady Lewis he was going camping. A day later, Lewis watched in horror as the man was arrested following a racist shooting.
Although he preferred to use the cash for his transactions, he realized he would need to shop online, he wrote. He opened an account with Visions Federal Credit Union and got a debit card.
Gendron spent more than $1,000 on eBay for gear including a combat helmet, body armor, military sunglasses and a GoPro camera he planned to use to live-stream the massacre, according to his story.
There was more he would have liked to buy online, but he couldn’t.
“Wish I could just order ammo online, but no NY sucks for all things guns,” he wrote.
Sometimes he could barely bring in enough money to cover his expenses. At some point in January, her debit card was declined. He owned $300 worth of Disney stock, he said, but ran into trouble when he tried to sell it.
Referring to his bank account, at the end of March, he wrote: “I’ve already emptied it for the past few days and I know I have about $15 in it right now.”