BUFFALO, NY (AP) — The white man accused of killing 10 black people at a Buffalo supermarket made a brief appearance in court Thursday after a grand jury indicted him on first-degree murder.
Assistant District Attorney Gary Hackbush said the charges against Payton Gendron, 18, were handed over on Wednesday.
Gendron, who wore orange clothing and a mask, remained silent throughout the proceedings and was sent back to prison. Someone shouted, “Payton, you’re a coward!” as he was led out.
Ten people were killed and three others injured in Saturday’s shooting at Tops Friendly Market in a predominantly black Buffalo neighborhood. Authorities continue to investigate the possibility of hate crime and terrorism charges.
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BUFFALO, NY (AP) — The white man accused of killing 10 black people at a Buffalo supermarket was due to appear in court Thursday as authorities, including the FBI, continue to investigate the possibility of hate crimes and terrorism charges .
Payton Gendron, 18, broadcast the attack from a helmet cam before surrendering to police outside the grocery store. Shortly before last Saturday’s attack, he posted hundreds of pages of writing on online discussion groups, outlining his plans for the attack and his racist motivations.
Investigators examined these documents, including a private diary he kept on chat platform Discord.
In his first court appearance last week, Gendron’s court-appointed attorney pleaded not guilty on his behalf.
The Tops supermarket massacre was troubling even in a nation almost deaf to mass shootings. All but two of the 13 people shot during the attack were black. Gendron’s writings online said he planned the attack after falling in love with the white supremacist ideology he encountered online.
According to the diary, Gendron planned his attack in secret, unaided, but Discord confirmed Wednesday that an invitation to access his private writings was sent to a small group of people about 30 minutes before the attack began.
Some of them accepted the invitation. It was unclear how many had read his text or logged in to witness the attack live. It was also not clear if anyone had attempted to alert law enforcement.
Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia said investigators were working to obtain, review, and review Gendron’s online postings.
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul on Wednesday authorized state attorney general Letitia James to investigate social media platforms used by Gendron to determine whether they are liable for “providing a platform to plan and encourage violence.” .
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