Americans were horrified earlier this year after 10 people were brutally murdered at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York.
According to WIVB4, the 19-year-old man that authorities say committed the massacre appeared in federal court on Monday and entered a plea of not guilty.
Defendant could face the death penalty
The alleged shooter, Payton Gendron, is accused of being a violent white supremacist who targeted African Americans.
A press release put out last week by the Department of Justice noted that Gendron was indicted on a slew of hate crime charges as well as federal weapons violations.
“The indictment charges that Gendron violated the Shepard-Byrd Act by willfully causing the death of the victims because of their actual and perceived race and color,” it stated, noting that Gendron may face the death penalty.
“Today, a grand jury has indicted Payton Gendron with hate crime and firearms offenses following the horrific attack on the Black community of Buffalo that killed 10 people and injured three others on May 14, 2022,” Attorney General Merrick Garland was quoted as saying.
“The Justice Department fully recognizes the threat that white supremacist violence poses to the safety of the American people and American democracy,” Garland continued.
He added, “We will continue to be relentless in our efforts to combat hate crimes, to support the communities terrorized by them, and to hold accountable those who perpetrate them.”
Armed citizen stops mass shooting
Mass shootings were in the news again this week after a man opened fire at a mall in Greenwood, Indiana on Sunday evening, with Fox News reporting that three victims were killed.
However, the carnage was stopped when a 22-year-old legally armed citizen drew his own weapon and shot the gunman dead.
Elisjsha Dicken has been praised for his actions, with local police chief James Ison describing them at a news conference as being “nothing short of heroic.”
“He engaged the gunman from quite a distance with a handgun and was very proficient in that, very tactically sound,” Ison was quoted by Fox News as saying. “And as he moved to close in on the suspect, he was also motioning for people to exit behind him.”