'Coward': Courtroom Erupts Amid Buffalo Mass Shooting Suspect's Indictment


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An outburst occurred as the 18-year-old white man indicted for fatally shooting 10 New Yorkers in a racial-motivated attack appeared in court.

On Thursday (May 19), Payton Gendron, the accused Buffalo gunman, sported an orange jail uniform, mask, and handcuffs during his brief court appearance post-indictment, AP News reports.

Assistant District Attorney Gary Hackbush said that Gendron's first-degree murder indictment was handed up by a grand jury on Wednesday (May 18). The suspect will remain in jail without bail, per a judge's order.

As Gendron was led out by sheriff deputies Thursday, a courtroom spectator seated among victims' families yelled, "Payton, you’re a coward!"

Gendron's rampage on the Black community of Buffalo left 10 dead and 3 wounded from gunshots. The 18-year-old live-streamed the Tops Market shooting, which was a planned attack according to the hundreds of pages he wrote detailing his racist motivation.

At his first court appearance, the Buffalo shooting suspect entered a "not guilty" plea via his court-appointed lawyer. Gendron is scheduled to be back in court on June 9.

According to Erie County District Attorney John Flynn, the grand jury's "investigation has not been completed" and prosecutors "cannot comment further until there is an indictment reported to the Court following a complete investigation," NBC News reports.

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