Grand jury indicts Buffalo man accused of killing 10 black people | Gun Violence News

Payton Gendron, an 18-year-old white man, broadcast the attack live from a helmet camera, a total of 13 people were shot dead.

Payton Gendron, the white man charged with the murder of 10 black people in a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, appeared briefly in court after a grand jury indicted him for first degree murder.

Gendron, 18, wore an orange prison uniform and mask, and remained silent throughout the one-minute proceedings Thursday, in the presence of a few relatives of the victims.

Assistant District Attorney Gary Hackbush said Payton Gendron’s indictment was dropped on Wednesday.

Someone shouted “Payton, you’re a coward!” as he was driven. He is being held in jail without bail.

The latest racist mass shooting in the United States – in a supermarket on Saturday – has reignited a national debate about guns, domestic terrorism, hate and the role of the internet in spreading it.

Thirteen people in total were shot at Tops Friendly Market in a predominantly black neighborhood of Buffalo. Authorities continue to investigate possible hate crime and terrorism charges.

Gendron, live-streamed the attack from a helmet camera before turning himself in to police outside the store. Shortly before the attack, he posted hundreds of pages of writings to online discussion groups where he detailed his plans for the attack and his racist motivation.

Investigators reviewed those documents, which included a diary he kept on the Discord chat platform.

In New York, prosecutors can charge a defendant with first-degree murder only in special circumstances, including when multiple people are killed in a single incident, such as in the Buffalo shootings. The only count against Gendron covered the 10 deaths at the supermarket.

In his first court appearance last week, Gendron’s court-appointed attorney pleaded “not guilty” on his behalf. Gendron is due back in court on June 9.

The Tops supermarket massacre was troubling even in a country that has become almost immune to mass shootings. Of the 13 people shot in the attack, all but two were black. Gendron’s online writings indicate that he planned the assault after becoming infatuated with the white supremacist ideology he encountered online.

The newspaper says Gendron planned his attack in secret, without outside help, but Discord confirmed on Wednesday that an invitation to access his private writings was sent to a small group of people about 30 minutes before the assault began. .

Some of them accepted the invitation. It’s unclear how many read what he wrote or tuned in to see the assault live. It was also unclear whether anyone had attempted to alert law enforcement.

Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia said investigators are working to obtain, verify and review Gendron’s online postings.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul on Wednesday authorized State Attorney General Letitia James to investigate the social media platforms used by Gendron to determine whether they were responsible for “providing a platform to plan and promote the violence”.

President Joe Biden, during a visit to Buffalo on Tuesday, condemned white nationalists, as well as the online platforms, media and political rhetoric he criticized for spreading racist conspiracy theories.

“What happened here is simple and straightforward: terrorism, terrorism, domestic terrorism,” Biden said.

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