Buffalo Supermarket Shooter Faces Federal Hate Crime Charges

The suspected shooter from the Buffalo grocery store shooting last month, Payton Gendron, is facing multiple federal hate crime charges. Gendron is accused of shooting 13 people ages 20 to 86 at the Tops Friendly Market on May 14th. A criminal complaint filed by prosecutors in the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Western District of New York said “Gendron’s motive for the mass shooting was to prevent black people from replacing white people and eliminating the white race, and to inspire others to commit similar attacks.” Gendron is charged with 10 counts of hate crime resulting in death, three counts of hate crime involving bodily injury, 10 counts of use of a firearm to commit murder during and in relation to a violent crime and three counts of use and discharge of a firearm during a violent crime. He faces the potential of the death penalty.