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The Department of Justice has filed multiple federal hate crimes charges against the alleged Buffalo mass shooter Payton Gendron.
DOJ officials filed a criminal complaint Wednesday morning in the Western District of New York, with 26 counts of hate crimes and firearms offenses, which carry the potential of the death penalty.
According to the criminal complaint, “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.”
Payton Gendron arrives for a hearing at the Erie County Courthouse on May 19, 2022 in Buffalo, New York. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)
He is charged with 10 counts of hate crime resulting in death, 3 counts of hate crime involving bodily injury and attempt to kill, 10 counts of use of a firearm to commit murder during and in retaliation to a crime of violence, and 3 counts of use and discharge of a firearm during and in retaliation to a crime of violence.
Specifically, the counts of, use of a firearm to commit murder during and in retaliation to a crime of violence, carry the potential of the death penalty.
U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland traveled to Buffalo, New York’s second-largest city, Wednesday to meet with the families of victims and survivors of the mass shooting at Tops Friendly Market on Jefferson Avenue on May 14.
David Spunt currently serves as a Washington D.C. based correspondent for FOX News Channel (FNC). He joined the network in December 2018.