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Grand jury indicts man in Buffalo supermarket shooting

Buffalo, NY ( Associated Press) — The white man accused of killing 10 black people at a supermarket in Buffalo appeared in court Thursday, standing quietly during a brief proceeding that was attended by some relatives of the victims, when a grand The jury convicted him.

Peyton Gendron, 18, wore an orange prison uniform, a mask and handcuffs. As soon as he was taken outside, someone shouted “Payton, you’re a coward!” From the Court Room Gallery. He is being kept in jail without bail.

Assistant District Attorney Gary Hackbush said the first-degree murder indictment covering all 10 deaths was handed down Wednesday.

A total of 13 people were shot Saturday at Topps Friendly Market in Buffalo’s predominantly black neighborhood. Officials are investigating the possibility of hate crimes and terrorism charges.

Payton Gendron is taken to the courtroom for a hearing in Erie County Courthouse, Buffalo, NY, Thursday, May 19, 2022. ( Associated Press Photo/Matt Rourke)

District Attorney John Flynn said his office would not comment on the case while the grand jury investigation continues.

Gendron’s lawyers were called seeking comment.

Family members of the victims, who had attended the hearing, immediately left without speaking to reporters.

Gendron, 18, livestreamed the attack from a helmet camera before surrendering to police outside a grocery store. Shortly before the attack, he posted hundreds of pages of writing in online discussion groups, where he detailed his plans for the attack and his racist motivations.

Investigators are examining documents, including a personal diary kept on chat platform Discord.

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

Police Walk Outside A Top Grocery Store On Sunday, May 15, 2022 In Buffalo, Ny (Ap Photo/Joshua Bessex)
Police walk outside a top grocery store on Sunday, May 15, 2022 in Buffalo, NY ( Associated Press Photo/Joshua Bessex)

The massacre at the Topps supermarket was troubling even in a country that has almost gone numb to mass shootings. Of the 13 people shot during the attack, all were black except two. Gendron’s online writing states that he planned the attack after being influenced by the white supremacist ideology he encountered online.

The diary said Gendron planned his attack covertly, without outside help, but Discord confirmed on Wednesday that a small group of people had been given access to his private writings about 30 minutes before the attack began. The invitation was sent.

Some of them accepted the invitation. It was not clear how many people read what he wrote or logged on to watch the attack live. It was also unclear whether anyone tried to alert law enforcement.

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

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul on Wednesday authorized the state’s attorney general, Letitia James, to investigate the social media platforms used by Gendron to determine whether they were “planning and promoting violence.” were responsible for providing a platform”.

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