The man suspected of shooting dead 10 people at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, deliberately sought a site with a high black population, authorities say.
The suspect, an 18-year-old white male, drove more than 320km (200 miles) to carry out the attack, police say.
The attack is being investigated as an act of racially motivated violent extremism.
SIA reports quoting the Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown that, the suspect arrived intending to take "as many black lives as possible".
A 180-page document seemingly authored by the alleged attacker Payton Gendron has emerged, in which he describes himself as a fascist and a white supremacist.
Questions are being asked about how he was able to carry out the shooting when concerns had already been raised. "I want to know what people knew and when they knew it," New York Governor Kathy Hochul told ABC News.
Joseph Gramaglia, Buffalo's chief of police, told reporters the gunman had made "generalised threats" while still at high school. He spent a day and a half in hospital undergoing a mental health evaluation, but was then released.
He does not appear to have remained under watch by authorities.
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