Buffalo alleged shooter Payton Gendron quiet hometown stunned after supermarket shooting

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Residents of rural Conklin, New York were stunned Saturday by the news the gunman accused in the Buffalo supermarket attack was a teenager who lived in their town.

Payton Gendron, 18, allegedly drove his parents’ car over 200 miles from Conklin to Buffalo Saturday to massacre 10 people in a racially motivated mass shooting he live streamed on Twitch.

Conklin is a sleepy community of about 5,000 people on the Susquehanna River just north of the Pennsylvania border in Broome County and 10 miles south of Binghamton. The population is 95.7 percent white, according to Census estimates.

“It’s disturbing — this kid went to the same school system as I did … how can someone that had a similar upbringing do this?” said Alexis Sorbello, who was bartending at Jumbo’s the only bar in town open late Saturday.

The local bar on Saturday had an American flag hanging by the pool table and pro wrestling and a baseball game on the big screens— but no sign of the shooting that hours ago brought national spotlight to their small community.

Jumbo's, in Conklin, NYAlexis Sorbello the bartender at the town’s only open bar Jumbo’s called the incident “disturbing.”Jumbo’s

Payton GendronPayton Gendron was arrested on first-degree murder charges. AP

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Sorbello, who described the community as Trump country, said she first heard of the shooting from a local volunteer firefighter.

Construction worker Fran said he knew few details of the shooting but wasn’t shocked by the news.

“It could happen here because the society we’re living in is unstable,” he told The Post.

Of the town, he said many people work at a nearby distribution center for Dick’s Sporting Goods.

“There’s job opportunities here for every walk and race every type of person,” Fran said.

Police officers outside Payton Gendron's home.Police officers outside alleged Buffalo mass shooter Payton Gendron’s home in Conklin, NY.REUTERS

Jumbo'sJumbo’s bar in Gendron’s rual hometown of Conklin, NY.Zach Williams

Police outside Payton Gudnren's homeThree New York State troopers were stationed outside Payton Gundren’s home. REUTERS

A woman in her 30s who did not wish to be named said she knew Gendron’s family, who she described as “fantastic” people active in the community.

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