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Payton Gendron, 18, charged with murder in Buffalo mass shooting

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May 14 (News) – The man, who was arrested for killing 10 people and wounding three others in what authorities described as “racially motivated” mass shooting in Buffalo, New York, was brought to trial and charged with murder.

Payton Gendron, 18, appeared before Judge Craig Hannah in a Buffalo court for less than five minutes Saturday night, hours after the shooting.

He pleaded not guilty and was sentenced to be held without bail. Photos from the court shared on Twitter by WKBW reporter Eileen Buckley showed him in a paper dress as he told the judge he understood his charges.

Gendron surrendered to police on Saturday afternoon after storming a Tops grocery store in tactical gear and live-streaming the attack on Twitch.

Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia said during a news conference earlier Saturday that 11 of the 13 victims were black.

Pages from a manifesto Gendron believed to have written before the mass shooting have since been circulated online.

A senior federal police official told the New York Times that investigators are combing through the manifesto.

On some of the sites verified by United Press International, Gendron reportedly detailed his plans for the attack and allegedly made numerous racist and anti-immigrant remarks.

Gendron reportedly said he chose the location because it had the “highest percentage of the black population” within driving distance.

The suspected gunman said he was “radicalized” by Brent Harrison Tarrant, the gunman who killed 51 people at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, in 2019.

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