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Grand jury indicts Buffalo, N.Y., shooting suspect

A group prays in the street on Sunday near the site of the mass shooting on Saturday at a Tops supermarket in Buffalo, N.Y. Photo by Aaron Josefczyk/UPI | License Photo

May 19 (UPI) -- A grand jury has returned an indictment for the suspect in a mass shooting at a Buffalo, N.Y., grocery that killed 10 people, prosecutors announced Thursday during a court hearing.

Prosecutor Gary Hackbush said the grand jury voted to indict Payton Gendron on felony charges Wednesday, The Buffalo News reported. He didn't specify the charges.

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Buffalo City Court Judge Craig Hannah ordered Gendron, 18, to be held in custody pending further action by the grand jury. The accused shooter is scheduled to return to court June 9.

A family member of one of the victims in attendance at Thursday's hearing shouted at Gendron as he left the courtroom, WKBW-TV in Buffalo reported.

"Payton, you're a coward!" the attendee yelled.

Gendron entered a not-guilty plea on a first-degree murder charge during his arraignment Saturday.

Authorities said the shooting at a Tops grocery store Saturday was racially motivated and that Gendron had posted a manifesto online that allegedly made numerous racist and anti-immigration remarks.

New York Attorney General Letitia James announced Wednesday that her office plans to investigate the social media channels Gendron used to "plan, promise and stream" the shooting, including Twitch, 4chan and 8chan.

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