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Buffalo convenience store shooter tried for hate crimes

BUFFALO, New York – The white man who opened fire on black people at a Buffalo supermarket, killing 10 people, is scheduled to appear in federal court on Thursday, a day after Attorney General Merrick Garland met with victims’ families and announced hate crime charges that could result in the death penalty.

Payton Gendron, 18, has been held without bail since his arrest shortly after the May 14 attack on a Tops Friendly supermarket that also injured three people.

He is scheduled to appear in US District Court with a criminal complaint charging him with 10 counts each of hate crimes resulting in death and using a firearm to commit murder. The indictment also includes three counts each of hate crimes involving assault and attempted homicide and the use of a firearm in a violent crime.

The state hate crime case is based in part on documents that Gendron detailed his plans for the attackincluding the semi-automatic rifle he would use, the clothing and body armor he would wear, and the handheld camera that would allow him to broadcast the massacre live over the internet.

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The writings included “statements that his motivation for the attack was to prevent blacks from replacing whites and eliminating the white race, and to inspire others to engage in similar racially motivated attacks,” the complaint reads.

Garland, who stopped federal executions last year, has not ruled out handing Gendron the death penalty.

Gendron was already facing a mandatory life sentence without parole if convicted on previously filed state charges, including hate-motivated terrorism and domestic murder. He has pleaded not guilty.

Gendron’s attorney, Brian Parker, declined to comment on the new charges, citing a judge’s gag order.

Gendron drove more than 200 miles from his home in Conklin to a predominantly black section of Buffalo. There, according to the authorities, he fired about 60 shots at buyers and workers.

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The complaint details his making his way through the store’s aisles in search of victims as customers and staff took cover in a storage room, conference room, freezer and dairy cooler.

Gendron surrendered to the police as he left the supermarket.

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Sarah Y. Kim

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