Buffalo supermarket shooting: Gunman Payton Gendron pleads guilty to murder, hate-motivated terror charges | US News

An avowed white supremacist who shot dead 10 black shoppers and workers at a Buffalo supermarket has pleaded guilty to terror charges of murder and a hate motive.

Payton Gendron, 19, drove three hours from his home near Binghamton, New York, to the Tops Friendly Markets store in Buffalo, where he opened fire with a semiautomatic assault rifle.

Wearing body armor, he shot and killed 10 people and wounded three others in a mass shooting in May of this year.

He left a racist manifesto online before the attack, which took place in a predominantly black neighborhood, police said.

Eleven of the victims were black.

Payton Gendron in police mugshot
Payton Gendron in police mugshot

In court, Gendron pleaded guilty to all charges against him, including murder, murder as a hate crime and hate-motivated domestic terrorism, which carry an automatic life sentence without the possibility of parole.

Gendron also admitted to killing three survivors in an attack in May of this year.

The handcuffed teenager in an orange jumpsuit showed little emotion during the 45-minute proceedings, which took place in a courthouse just two miles from the scene of the shooting.

If he faces life in prison without the possibility of parole, he will spend the rest of his life behind bars. New York State does not have the death penalty.

A sentencing hearing is expected at a later date.

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