Buffalo Mass Shooting Suspect Indicted on Terrorism Charges
BUFFALO, N.Y. — A grand jury on Wednesday charged the white 18-year-old accused of fatally shooting 10 Black people at a Buffalo supermarket with domestic terrorism motivated by hate and 10 counts of first-degree murder.
Payton Gendron has been held in detention since May 14, when he was shot. He is due to appear in court on Thursday at Erie County Court.
This 25-count indictment includes charges for murder, attempted murder as hate crime, and weapons possession.
Payton Gendron enters the courtroom in Buffalo for an Erie County Court hearing on Thursday, May 19, 20,22.
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Gendron, who was also charged with murdering three other people in the shooting incident, had been previously convicted. Gendron has pleaded not guilt. A judge was informed by the prosecution that Gendron had been indicted by the grand jury on May 20, but they were continuing their investigation.
The federal authorities are also investigating whether Gendron could be charged with hate crime. Gendron posted hundreds of pages online detailing his racist plans shortly before the shooting. A helmet-mounted camera captured the incident live.
According to investigators, Gendron drove three hours from Conklin, New York. He wanted to murder as many Black people as possible.
Brian Parker, Parker’s attorney, claimed he did not see the indictment. Parker also stated that the judge has barred defense and prosecution attorneys from speaking publicly about the case.
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