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Buffalo supermarket shooter indicted on federal charges

Buffalo, NY ( Associated Press) – The white gunman charged with the murder of 10 black people in a racist mass shooting at a Buffalo supermarket pleaded not guilty Monday to federal hate crime charges that could be punishable by the death penalty. Is.

Peyton Gendron was indicted last week on a hate crimes and weapons count. Gendron’s lawyer filed the petition in court, who said he expected the matter to be settled before trial. Wearing an orange jumpsuit and handcuffs, Gendron was silent during the brief convulsion.

The 27-count federal indictment contains special findings that Gendron engaged in substantial planning to commit an act of terrorism and targeted vulnerable older people—specifically Ruth Whitfield, 86, Pearl Young, 77, Katherine Massey, 72, Hayward Patterson, 67, and Celestine Chaney, 65.

Attorney General Merrick Garland, who last year stalled the federal executions, did not rule out seeking the death penalty against Gendron, who turned 19 in June. The Justice Department said a decision on seeking the death penalty would come later.

Gendron, who was livestreaming the May 14 attack, was arrested just outside the entrance of a Top Friendly supermarket. Wearing body armor, he opened fire on shopkeepers and employees in the parking lot and inside the shop on weekends. Three people were injured.

“We all know he’s guilty. We saw what he did,” Janetta Everhart said after the court proceedings. Her son, Jaire Goodman, was injured in the attack. “The world saw what he did. He posted what he did. ,

The store reopened to the public last week, two months after the attack.

Investigators say the shooter drove more than three hours from his home in Conklin, New York, to a busy grocery store that was chosen for its location in a predominantly black neighborhood that had more black people. intended to kill. That said, he was inspired by white supremacist beliefs, which he described in online diary entries.

As of writing, Gendron wrote about staging a livestream attack by November, practicing shooting from his car and reconnaissance at the store for two months before the plans were rolled out.

He arrived at the shop wearing camouflage clothing and a tactical-style helmet with a video camera.

The indictment seeks the seizure of Gendron’s car and an extensive arsenal recovered from the home. This includes the Bushmaster XM-15 semi-automatic rifle used in shooting and a 12-gauge loaded shotgun taken from the car and loaded bolt-action rifles and ammunition. Officers confiscated additional ammunition and firearms from his home.

The federal indictment charged Gendron with 10 counts of hate crimes that resulted in death, three counts of hate crimes involving attempting to kill three people, and another hate crime count alleging that Gendron had entered the store. and tried to kill other black people around him. It also includes 13 cases of firearm use in a hate crime.

Gendron also faces parallel state prosecution on charges including hate-motivated domestic terrorism, murder and attempted murder as a hate crime. Domestic terrorism charges automatically carry a life sentence for a hate crime. He has pleaded not guilty to those charges as well.

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