Buffalo shooting suspect Payton Gendron pleads not guilty at arraignment

The alleged deranged mass shooter who shot and killed 10 people in a “racially motivated” rampage in a Buffalo supermarket faced a judge hours after the Saturday afternoon massacre.

Payton Gendron, 18, of Conklin, New York, wore a white paper gown and mask and was surrounded by police officers at his Saturday evening arraignment in Buffalo City Court, according to WKBW-TV.

Gendron was stoic as his court-appointed lawyer pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder charges on his behalf, the station said.

Suspected shooter Payton Gendron entered a not guilty plea at his arraignment Saturday.
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Gendron wore a white paper gown and mask and was surrounded by police officers.
A man is detained following a mass shooting in the parking lot of TOPS supermarket, in a still image from a social media video in Buffalo, New York, U.S. May 14, 2022.
Alleged shooter Payton Gendron was arraigned in Buffalo City Court, according to local outlets.
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He was reportedly remanded without bail and due back in court on Thursday.

Gendron allegedly killed 10 people and injured three others at a Tops grocery store in a predominantly black neighborhood around 2:30 p.m. Eleven of the victims were black and two were white.

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He had driven some 200 miles from his home near Binghamton to carry out the sick mass shooting and was heavily armed and wearing tactical gear, officials said.

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Gendron is due back in court on Thursday.

The shooting began in the supermarket parking lot and continued in the store, before he was taken into custody by Buffalo police.

“This was pure evil. It was a straight-up racially motivated hate crime from somebody outside of our community, outside of the City of Good neighbors … coming into our community and trying to inflict that evil upon us,” Erie County Sheriff John Garcia said at a press conference.

The FBI was investigating the incident as both “a hate crime and a case of racially-motivated violent extremism,” Special Agent Stephen Belongia said.

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Buffalo Police have confirmed that at least 10 people are dead and 3 wounded during a racially motivated mass shooting at the Tops Markets on Jefferson Avenue on the Eastside of Buffalo at 2:30PM on Saturday May 14, 2022.
The mass shooting occurred at a predominantly black neighborhood in Buffalo, New York.
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Payton Gendron is accused of shooting and killing ten people at the Tops market on Jefferson Avenue in Buffalo, New York.
Payton Gendron is accused of shooting and killing ten people at the Tops market on Jefferson Avenue in Buffalo, New York.
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An officer speaks to distressed bystanders near the scene of the mass shooting.
An officer speaks to distressed bystanders near the scene of the mass shooting.
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“The depth of pain that families are feeling and that all of us are feeling right now cannot even be explained,” Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said.

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