Buffalo, New York—19-year-old Payton Gendron of Conklin in Broome County New York was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole today, after he killed ten people during a racially motivated attack in Buffalo New York.
In 2022, Gendron shot and killed 10 Black people and injured three others at a Tops Grocery store in the predominately Black Buffalo community, before being arrested and taken into custody by authorities without incident.
Authorities collected evidence showing “racial animosity” was behind Gendron’s attack during their investigation.
One of the victims was identified as Aaron Salter, a retired Buffalo Police officer who was working as a security guard at Tops.
Officials said Salter attempted to stop the attack and shot Gendron in the chest, but he was unharmed because he was wearing tactical body armor,” (WIVB).
A man tried to attack Gendron as relatives gave impact statements during his sentencing. Gendron was rushed away by police, as the man was restrained by several others.
Gendron cried as he apologized to the judge during his sentencing, saying:
“I am very sorry for all the pain I forced the victims and their families suffered through. I am very sorry for stealing the lives of your loved ones. I cannot express how much I regret on the decisions I made leading up to my actions on May 14th. I did a terrible thing that day. I shot and killed people because they were Black. Looking back now I can’t believe I actually did it. I believed what I read on line and acted out of hate.”Gendron Peyton