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Buffalo Grocery Shooter Indicted on Domestic Terrorism Charge

A grand jury charged the 18-year-old accused of killing 10 people in a Buffalo supermarket with domestic terrorism motivated by hate and 10 counts of first-degree murder. The grand jury previously charged the gunman with one count of first-degree murder but was continuing its investigation into the May 14 shooting, which is being investigated by the FBI as a hate crime and case of racially motivated violent extremism, Axios reports. Alleged shooter Payton Gendron of Conklin, N.Y. is set to be arraigned on Thursday. Police said Gendron drove 200 miles from Conklin to Buffalo a day before the shooting to "scope out" the grocery store and wore tactical gear, including a bulletproof vest, during the attack, which also injured three people.


Police confirmed that Gendron livestreamed the shooting on Twitch for about two minutes. Copies and screenshots were taken from the broadcast and were circulated online. Eleven of the 13 total victims were Black and the semiautomatic rifle used in the attack had been inscribed with a racial epithet and the number 14, a white supremacist numeric symbol. Investigators are in the process of validating whether Gendron posted an 180-page screed to the online forum 4chan before the shooting, which repeatedly cited the racist and anti-immigrant "white replacement theory" as motivation for the attack.

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