Man Charged for Threatening to Kill “All Black People” at Tops Market in Buffalo
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A Washington state man was arrested for allegedly lcalling a supermarket in Buffalo in upstate New York and threatening to kill black people there and at a nearby store where a white gunman killed 10 black people in May, authorities said Friday, according to NBC News.
Joey David George, 37, is accused of calling a Tops grocery store on July 19 and asking how many black people were inside. Later asked if “it would make news if he shot and killed all black people, including all women, children and babies”, according to a federal criminal complaint.
George went on to say that he had assault rifles, was a “very good shot” and “could get people out of the parking lot,” the Justice Department said in a statement.
The suspect also said that if he didn’t see anyone in the store, he would go to the nearby Tops store on Jefferson Avenue, the site of the mass shooting in May, according to the complaint.
The next day, George called back and ranted about a “race war.”
“This is what happens in a blue state,” he said, according to the complaint.
The caller tried to mask his phone number using *67, but the FBI was able to trace the calls back to George’s phone.
“The Buffalo community is trying to recover from the horrific shooting at a Tops grocery store. I can’t imagine the kind of fear those hate-fueled threats engendered in those just trying to go about their daily lives,” said US Attorney Nick Brown. “We cannot tolerate this kind of hate in our community and we will not stand by while people try to terrorize others across our country.”
In addition to the calls to Buffalo, George is also charged in connection with a May 2022 call to a restaurant in San Bruno, California. In that call, George allegedly threatened to shoot black and Hispanic customers at the restaurant.
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