USA: Ten people killed: Buffalo shooter pleads guilty

United States
Ten people killed: Buffalo shooter pleads guilty

An investigator at the scene of the crime: The perpetrator was armed with an assault rifle (archive image). photo

© Matt Rourke/AP/dpa

Racist motive: In mid-May, he opened fire, heavily armed, in a supermarket in the US city of Buffalo, killing several people. Now he faces a life sentence.

About six months after the allegedly racially motivated killing of ten black people in a supermarket in the US city of Buffalo, the shooter has pleaded guilty in court.

This was reported by several US media unanimously. The 19-year-old is charged in the state of New York with domestic terrorism and murder as hate crimes, among other things. He faces a life sentence.

He is also charged under federal law with hate crimes and the use of a firearm in a murder, among other things, to which he had pleaded not guilty. The penalties associated with the allegations under federal law are usually higher than those at the state level, including the death penalty.

The man, heavily armed, opened fire in front of and inside a supermarket in Buffalo in mid-May. In addition to ten fatalities, there were at least three injured. The shooter was arrested at the scene of the crime. The investigators assume a racist motive on the part of the accused – 11 of the 13 victims were black. A 180-page manifesto with racist and violent statements attributed to the accused had also appeared on the Internet.


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