Courtroom Erupts In Chaos After Victim’s Family Member Lunges At Buffalo Mass Shooter

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Trevor Schakohl Legal Reporter
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A victim’s family member ran at the perpetrator of the May 14 Buffalo, New York, supermarket mass shooting during his Wednesday sentencing hearing, with police quickly removing the convicted shooter from the courtroom.

Payton Gendron is expected to be sentenced Wednesday to life in prison without the possibility of parole after pleading guilty to 15 state charges for the shooting, CNN reported. As a different family member of a victim spoke with anger to Gendron at the hearing, a man ran towards him, causing commotion in the courtroom. Police ushered Gendron out of the room.

The man who lunged at Gendron was a family member of a victim, according to local media reports.

Gendron shot and killed 10 people and injured 3 others in the shooting, and eleven of his victims were black, according to CNN. He pleaded not guilty to federal charges including 13 hate crime counts, though his attorneys claimed in December he would be willing to enter federal guilty pleas in exchange for dropping the possibility of capital punishment.

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