Payton Gendronthe 19-year-old suspected shooter accused of killing 10 people at a Buffalo grocery store in May has been charged with hate crimes and firearms charges.
Corresponding WGRZOn Thursday, Gendron was charged with 14 violations of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act (Shepard-Byrd Act) and 13 firearms offenses in connection with the mass shooting. The indictment alleges that Gendron used a Bushmaster XM rifle when he opened fire on a Tops Friendly convenience store in Buffalo. He is accused of violating Shepard Byrd law by willfully causing victims to die because of their race and color.
A closer look at the charges shows that 10 counts are hate crimes resulting in death and three counts are hate crimes involving an attempt to kill three other people who were injured in the shooting. There is also a hate crime record for trying to kill more black people who were around the grocery store.
Attorney General Merrick B. Garland said:
“Today a grand jury indicted Payton Gendron with hate crimes and firearms offenses after fully acknowledging the threat violence poses in the horrific attack on the Buffalo black community on May 14, 2022 that killed 10 people and wounded three others the safety of the American people and American democracy. We will continue our relentless work to fight hate crimes, support the communities they terrorize, and hold those who commit them accountable.”
Gendron has been in police custody since the fatal shooting and is being held without bail. If convicted, he faces a maximum of life imprisonment or the death penalty.
The Tops Friendly supermarket where the shooting took place is due to open on Friday after undergoing renovations following the mass shooting.
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