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Victim Notification - United States v. Payton Gendron

Case Description
 

On July 14, 2022, a Federal Grand Jury returned a 27-count Indictment charging Payton Gendron, 19, of Conklin, NY with 10 counts of hate crimes resulting in death, three counts of hate crimes involving an attempt to kill three injured individuals, and one hate crimes count alleging that Gendron attempted to kill additional Black people in and around the Tops grocery store. The indictment also charges Gendron with 13 counts of using, carrying or discharging a firearm in relation to the hate crimes, and seeks forfeiture of items, including the weapon used in the shooting. The indictment further includes special findings alleging, among other things, that Gendron committed the offense after substantial planning and premeditation to commit an act of terrorism. 

On June 15, 2022, Payton Gendron, 18, of Conklin, NY, was charged by Criminal Complaint with committing hate crimes resulting in death and hate crimes involving an attempt to kill; the use of a firearm to commit murder during and in relation to a crime of violence; and the use and discharge of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence. A Criminal Complaint is a document filed in Federal Court that charges a person with a crime.

The Criminal Complaint alleges that on May 14, 2022, at approximately 2:30 p.m., Gendron, a white male, committed a mass shooting attack targeting Black people at Tops Friendly Market at 1275 Jefferson Avenue in Buffalo, New York. The mass shooting, which Gendron live-streamed on the Internet, resulted in the deaths of 10 Black people, and injuries to one Black person and two Caucasian people. The Complaint further alleges that Gendron’s motive for the mass shooting was to prevent Black people from replacing white people and eliminating the white race, and to inspire others to commit similar attacks.  The Criminal Complaint charged Gendron with 10 counts of committing a hate crime resulting in death; 3 counts of committing a hate crime involving an attempt to kill; 10 counts of using a firearm to commit murder during and in relation to a crime of violence; and 3 counts of using and discharging a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.

The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.  

INDICTMENT, JULY 14 2022
PRESS RELEASE, JUNE 15 2022
CRIMINAL COMPLAINT, JUNE 15, 2022

Case Information

Dates

DATE EVENT Location
June 15th 2022 Complaint Filed United States District Court
June 16th 2022, 10:30am Initial Appearance

United States District Court 7th Floor

July 14, 2022 

Indictment Returned United States District Court
July 18, 2022, 11:00 a.m. Arraignment United States District Court 7th Floor

Custody Status

Date STATUS
As of June In the Custody of the United States Marshal Service

Charges

COUNT DATE Charge
10 Counts 6/15/2022 Hate Crime Resulting in Death
3 Counts 6/15/2022 Hate Crime Involving Bodily Injury and Attempt to Kill
10 Counts 6/15/2022 Use of a firearm to Commit Murder During and in Relation to a Crime of Violence
3 Counts 6/15/2022 Use and Discharge of a Firearm During and in Relation to a Crime of Violence

Frequently Asked Questions

  • If I have information about this case, who do I contact?


    Please contact the FBI Field Office in Buffalo, New York at 716-843-1611.  Special Agent Christopher Dlugokinski is the agent in charge of the case.

  • If I believe that I am a victim in this case, and have not been contacted or interviewed by law enforcement, who do I contact?


    Please contact the FBI Field Office in Buffalo, New York at 716-843-1611.  Special Agent Christopher Dlugokinski is the agent in charge of the case.

  • If I am a victim in this case, what is the best way to contact the U.S. Attorney’s Office?


    Please use the email:  USANYW.TopsVicAsst@usdoj.gov  or call 716-843-5886.  These are monitored on a daily basis and special attention will be given to returning your message.

  • If I am a victim in this case, what is the best way for me to receive notices of court events etc. pertaining to the Federal case?


    The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Buffalo will be responsible for ensuring that you are notified of all major case decisions and court events through the Victim Notification System.  To ensure that you receive timely and accurate notices, please use the email USANYW.TopsVicAsst@usdoj.gov or call 716-843-5886 and provide your name, address, telephone number(s), and email. 

  • If I am NOT a victim in this case, what is the best way to keep up with the case?


    Please continue to monitor the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Western District of Buffalo Website at:  www.justice.gov/usao-wdny

  • If it is determined that I am a victim in this case, will I have an opportunity to receive restitution?


    If the defendant is found guilty and you are considered a victim in this case, there will be an opportunity for you to discuss the possibility of restitution with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.  Please retain all financial records. 

Resources for the Victims in Buffalo, New York

As compiled by the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)
United States Department of Justice

Contact Us

Special Agent Christopher Dlugokinski
FBI Field Office-Buffalo
716-843-1611

Victim Witness Assistance Program
U.S. Attorney’s Office Western District of Buffalo 
USANYW.TopsVicAsst@usdoj.gov
716-843-5886
833-609-1736

Updated July 14, 2022

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