Buffalo Market Shooter Sentenced to Life in Prison

Eitan Greenberg, Sports Editor

On May 14, 2022, white supremacist Payton Gendron transformed a predominantly Black community in Buffalo into a crime scene.

Gendron, the man accused of murdering 10 people at a mainly Black market in Buffalo, New York was sentenced to serve the rest of his life in prison. He pleaded guilty in November to one count of a domestic act of terrorism motivated by hate, 10 counts of first-degree murder, three counts of attempted murder and a weapons possession charge for the mass shooting at Tops Friendly Markets. 

Police said that at the time Gendron was armed and wore tactical gear such as a helmet and plated armor. He also live-streamed his actions with a camera. Using an illegally modified semi-automatic rifle, the gunman shot four people outside the grocery store — three of whom died. He continued the massacre inside the store, fatally shooting an armed security guard and eight others, six of whom died.

The shooting shook the community of Masten Park.  

Gendron apologized to the families of those he killed, admitting that he killed people because they were black. He said he felt terrible after what he did and hopes that nobody would be inspired by his acts. 

Midway through the sentencing, a man attempted to rush at Gendron but was quickly detained by security officials. The man who ran at Gendron is the son of one of the women that gave a victim impact statement during the hearing. The woman, Barbara Mapps, is the sister of Katherine Massey, a 72-year-old who was killed in the attack. She was giving an intense statement when the attempted attack on Gendron happened. The man who rushed will not be charged with any crimes, as his intention was to defend his mother.

In other speeches, family members of those killed by Gendron said they wished pain and suffering on him. New York Judge John J. Flynn offered a stern rebuke of him.