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Gunman pleads guilty to murder and hate-motivated terror charges after supermarket shooting

A white supremacist convicted of murder and hate-motivated terrorist charges has committed a massacre at Buffalo’s supermarket.

Payton Gendron (19 years old) drove three hours from his home in Binghamton, New York to the Tops Friendly Markets shop in Buffalo. There, he fired an AR-15-style semiautomatic assault rifle.

In May, the teenager, who was wearing military-style armour at the moment, killed 10 people and injures three others.

According to police, Gendron posted a racist manifesto online prior to the attack. He admitted that he targeted the town because it was a predominantly black neighborhood, according to a court.


Eleven victims of Gendron were black.

Image Payton Gindron in a policemugshot

The victims ranged from 32 to 86 years old. They included an armed security officer who died protecting customers, a church deacon, and the mother of a former Buffalo fire commissioner.

Gendron admitted to all charges in court, including murder, hate crime, and domestic terrorism.

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Gendron also admitted to injuring three victims of the May attack.

The teenager was handcuffed in an orange jumpsuit and placed in handcuffs throughout the 45-minute proceedings. It took place in Erie County’s courthouse, two miles away from the scene.

Image: The scene of the attack on May 1, 2015. Pic by AP

Gendron will spend his entire life behind bars as he is facing a life sentence in prison without parole. New York does have no death penalty.

An appearance at the sentencing hearing will be held at a later time.

Gendron was also indicted in July by a US District Court for 27 federal hate crimes. He could be subject to the death penalty if convicted.

Police were praised for their prompt response to the attack less than two minutes after it began.

Byron Brown, Buffalo mayor, said that more people would have died if they hadn’t responded quickly and taken courageous actions.


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