Gunman in Buffalo supermarket shooting pleads guilty to murder, domestic terrorism charges

Gunmen killed 10 people and wounded three others in a racist mass shooting at a Buffalo, New York supermarket last May. all state fees The charges brought against him include multiple counts of murder in the first degree and one count of domestic terrorism motivated by hate. The guilty plea means he will be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, his defense attorneys announced Monday.

Attorney Brian Parker said the outcome of Monday morning’s court hearing “represents a condemnation” of the racist ideologies that fueled the attack last spring.

Nineteen-year-old Peyton Gendron of Conklin, New York, previously pleaded not guilty to state as well as federal charges, which were announced several months after the massacre. Gendron was arrested shortly after the shooting, surrendered to police, and is awaiting arrest in Erie County. in early June, he was indicted by a grand jury on 25 counts, including 10 counts of first-degree murder as a hate crime, 10 counts of second-degree murder as a hate crime, three counts of attempted murder as a hate crime and one count of criminal possession of a weapon Counting included.

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Rev. Al Sharpton walks from the scene where a memorial was held for the victims of the Topps supermarket shooting on May 19, 2022 in Buffalo, New York.

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The first count, laid down in the grand jury indictment, charged him with domestic terrorism motivated by hatred in the first degree, alleging that his attack was calculated, and that he intentionally targeted people who died and injured “by reason of the alleged race and/or color of such person or persons.” It carries a possible sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Investigators said that on May 14 the gunman, who was 18 at the time, set on fire Outside, and then inside, the Topps grocery store in Buffalo. it was found to be related For white supremacy and extremist ideologies.

Every one of the 10 men killed that day was black, as was one of the three wounded men who survived.

The dead were identified as: Celestine Chani, 65; Roberta A. Drury, 32; Andre McNeil, 53; Katherine Macy, 72; Margus D. Morrison, 52; Hayward Patterson, 67; Geraldine Talley, 62; Ruth Whitfield, 86; and Pearl Young, 77.

It’s been a month since the Buffalo supermarket shooting that left 10 dead


Investigators said the gunman arrived at the supermarket wearing body armor and a head-mounted camera, which he used to livestream the shooting on a gaming platform before turning off his video feed. When the authorities recovered his weapon after the attack, they found on it the inscription “Here’s your repair!” According to the US Department of Justice, “The Great Replacement” – a far-right, white nationalist conspiracy theory – as well as racist slurs. The Justice Department said that months earlier, the gunman had written “a self-described manifesto” that contained “a detailed plan to shoot and kill black people over the top using a Bushmaster XM-15 rifle”.

He still faces federal charges in addition to the state charges. The 27-count indictment issued by a grand jury in July included 14 charged for hate crimes either resulting in death or attempting to kill, and another 13 charges for using a firearm during the commission of a hate crime. The charges outlined in the federal indictment carry a maximum sentence of life imprisonment or the death penalty, the Justice Department said, adding that Attorney General Merrick Garland would decide whether to seek the death penalty later.

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