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Grand Jury Indicts Shooter in Buffalo Supermarket Massacre

Grand Jury Indicts Shooter in Buffalo Supermarket Massacre

The self-described white supremacist accused of killing 10 Black people at a supermarket in Buffalo appeared in court Thursday, standing silently during a brief proceeding attended by some relatives of the victims after a grand jury indicted him.

Payton Gendron, 18, Livestreamed himself as he shot thirteen people with a legally obtained AR-15. He was taken into custody without incident, but Buffalo police revealed had he not been apprehended, Gendron planned to continue his reign of terror and kill more people in the tight-knit Black neighborhood where Tops Friendly Market is located. Gendron is currently being held in jail without bail.

Authorities are continuing to investigate the possibility of hate crime and terrorism charges. District attorney John Flynn said his office would not comment on the case while the grand jury investigation continues, but assistant district attorney Gary Hackbush said the first-degree murder indictment, which covers all 10 deaths, was handed up Wednesday.

Relatives of several victims met privately with the Rev. Al Sharpton before joining him at a news conference outside of Buffalo’s Antioch Baptist Church. Sharpton said his civil rights group, the National Action Network, would cover funeral expenses for those killed in the attack.“These hate crimes need to be stopped,” Sharpton said. “We need to hold all that have aided and abetted the hate in this country accountable.” Sharpton said the innocent victims of the gunman “were guilty of being Black.”

 

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As he was being led out, someone shouted “Payton, you’re a coward!” from the courtroom gallery.

 

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