Buffalo, NY ( Associated Press) — A white man accused of shooting and killing 10 black people in a racist attack at a Buffalo supermarket will be brought to court Monday, and could face the death penalty if found guilty. . be found guilty.
Peyton Gendron faces 27 criminal charges, not only with hate crimes and illegal possession of weapons, but also with malicious plans to kill elderly people.
The Justice Department said whether Gendron, who turned 19 in June, would be sentenced to death or not, would be decided later.
On May 14, Gendron, who broadcast the massacre live, was arrested at the entrance of Topps Friendly Supermarket, where he had gone wearing body armor and shot customers and store employees first in the parking lot and then inside the store. Three people were injured.
Supermarkets reopened last week for the first time since the massacre.
According to officials, Gendron drove more than three hours from his home in Conklin, New York, to the supermarket, which he chose precisely because it was located in a majority black neighborhood with the intention of killing the largest number of people he owned. Is. Caste. Officials say Gendron had been delivering racist messages online for months.
According to the investigation, since November last year, Gendron had written online about his plans to carry out an attack and broadcast it live on the Internet, practiced shooting from his car and began a search of the store two months before the massacre. Of.