The Buffalo Supermarket shooter has been accused of killing 10 Black people and injuring three others during a shooting at a grocery store in New York has been indicted by a grand jury.
Payton Gendron was indicted on 25 counts, including murder, domestic terrorism, hate crimes, and other charges, the New York Times reported on Wednesday.
The Buffalo Supermarket Shooting Suspect Has Been Indicted On 25 Counts
The indictment includes one count of domestic terrorism motivated by hate, 10 counts of first-degree murder as a hate crime, 10 counts of second-degree murder as a hate crime, three counts of attempted second-degree murder as a hate crime, and one count of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, according to The Washington Post.
The gunman, who is 18, is set to be arraigned on the indictment on Thursday afternoon, where he is expected to enter a plea, per ABC News. According to the Times, he has previously pleaded not guilty in previous court appearances.
Attorney Daniel Dubois is representing the shooter.
Officials previously described the shooting as a racially motivated attack that targeted Black people. The tragedy happened at a Tops Friendly Markets in an area that officials said is a predominantly Black neighborhood.
Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia said the gunman exited his car and shot four people in the store’s parking lot, three of them fatally. He then went inside the store and shot more people.
A security guard at the store, a former police officer named Aaron Salter Jr., engaged the gunman, however, the shooter was protected by his tactical gear, according to Gramaglia. The gunman then fired at the security guard, killing him.
Buffalo police who responded to the scene engaged the suspect, who eventually put a gun to his own neck before officers convinced him to drop the weapon. And at that point, the suspect was taken into custody.
Erie County Sheriff John Garcia said at a prior press conference, “It was, straight up, a racially motivated hate crime.” He added: “This person was pure evil.”
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