Buffalo, NY ( Associated Press) — A grand jury on Wednesday charged a white 18-year-old accused of fatally shooting 10 black men at a Buffalo supermarket on 10 counts of hate-motivated domestic terrorism and first-degree murder.
Peyton Gendron, who has been in custody since the May 14 shooting, is due to appear in Erie County Court on Thursday.
Gendron, who has been in custody since the May 14 shooting, is due to appear in Erie County Court on Thursday.
The Erie County District Attorney’s office said the charge or charges would not be disclosed until his court appearance.
Gendron was previously charged with first-degree murder in the shooting, which also injured three people.
He has pleaded not guilty. Prosecutors told a judge on May 20 that the grand jury had voted to indict Gendron, but that the investigation was ongoing. It was unclear whether the final indictment contained any new charges against Gendron.
Federal officials are also investigating the possibility of hate crime charges against Gendron, who vividly detailed his plans and his racist motivations in hundreds of pages of writing posted online shortly before the shooting. The attack was livestreamed from a helmet-mounted camera.
Investigators have said that Gendron drove about three hours from his home in Conklin, New York, to kill as many black people as possible.
His attorney, Brian Parker, said he has not seen the indictment and cannot comment, adding that prosecutors and defense lawyers have been barred from discussing the case publicly by a judge.