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Store manager says Buffalo suspect Payton Gendron called her “n—r lover”

BUFFALO, NY – A white manager of the Buffalo Massacre supermarket claims the accused teen shooter called her a “n—-r lover” during one of his scouting trips to plan the attack that made 10 black deaths.

Rose Wysocki, 56, who works as a product manager at Tops Friendly Market, told the Post that Payton Gendron, 18, made the alarming remark when he asked her for an item while she was working last month.

“I showed him where he was and he was acting stupid…I took him to the item and gave it to him. As I did, he remarked, “You don’t seem to belong here,” Wysocki said of the encounter, which took place around Easter.

“I said, ‘What do you mean by that?’ He said, “Looks like you just belong in a suburban store, not here.” I said, ‘Well, I was in a suburban store and I got promoted here and I love it here. I love my customers, my colleagues, the store. It’s a great place to work.’”

“As he turned and walked away he said, ‘Another n—r lover,'” she added.

Wysocki claims she saw Gendron at the store several times after he made the initial remarks, but she avoided him each time.

She said her colleagues had also seen him there before the alleged racially motivated mass shooting on Saturday.

A makeshift memorial outside Tops Friendly Market.
James Keivom for NY Post
The accused Buffalo supermarket shooter, Peyton Gendron, allegedly referred to a white store manager as “a lover of n—–” during one of his pre-shooting visits to the scene.

“He was out there scouting us. He was planning his attack on us, on our community,” Wysocki alleged.

It was not immediately clear how many times Gendron, who lives three hours away in Conklin, NY, visited the store while planning the alleged attack.

During a visit to Tops on March 8, the accused gunman claimed to be “collecting consensual data” after being confronted by a security guard, according to a 500-page document posted online as Gendron the month latest.

Gendron reportedly took detailed notes during that visit — including sketches of the layout of the supermarket, the number of black shoppers inside the store, and the movements of the security guard.

Cops have already confirmed that Gendron made a “reconnaissance” visit to Tops on Friday – the day before the alleged massacre of his 10 victims.

Images from the diary kept by alleged mass shooting suspect Payton Gendron.
Images from the diary kept by alleged mass shooter Payton Gendron.

Wysocki told the Post she had been hiding in a conference room at the back of the store with several others when the shots rang out.

“I hear pop, pop, pop…People rushed out the back and they were screaming,” Wysocki recalled, adding that a fellow manager tried to barricade the door with a table.

“We’re sitting on the floor and I could just hear him getting closer and closer to where we were. I was just praying, ‘Don’t let him in here.’

“I remember this client. I can still see what she was wearing… I’ll never forget her face. She had so much fear in her eyes and she didn’t take her eyes off me. I stared at her and tried to tell her with my eyes that it was going to be okay, it was going to be okay.