Gunman pleads guilty to murder and hate-motivated terror charges after supermarket shooting

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An avowed white supremacist who shot dead 10 black shoppers and workers at a supermarket in Buffalo has pleaded guilty to murder and hate-motivated terror charges.

Payton Gendron, 19, drove three hours from his home near Binghamton, New York, to the Tops Friendly Markets store in Buffalo where he opened fire with a semi-automatic assault-style rifle.

Wearing body armour, he shot dead 10 people and injured three others in the mass shooting, which took place in May this year.

Police say he left a racist manifesto online before the attack, which took place in a predominately black neighbourhood.

Eleven of the victims were black.

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Payton Gendron in a police mugshot

In court, Gendron admitted all the charges against him, including murder, murder as a hate crime and hate-motivated domestic terrorism, which carries an automatic sentence of life without parole.

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Gendron also admitted wounding three people who survived the attack, which happened in May this year.

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He will spend the rest of his life behind bars, as he faces a sentence of life in prison without parole.

The state of New York does not have a death penalty.

A sentencing hearing is expected at a later date.

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